Knox trial: Both sides say the truth is in the evidence

Editor’s Note: This is an edited version of a story first published in November 2009 during the first murder trial of Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito looking at the disputed evidence in the case, which has largely remained the same. It was previously updated in January 2014.

Story highlights

Italian court twice convicted Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito of murder

The two were convicted in 2009, acquitted on appeal in 2011 and convicted again in 2014

Opposing sides argues over what is revealed by alleged murder weapon, DNA evidence

CNN  — 

Within weeks of British student Meredith Kercher’s death in the vibrant college town of Perugia, Italy, in 2007, prosecutors and police declared the case closed.

They’d seized two knives in their search for a weapon. They took DNA from the room where Kercher was killed. And at least one suspect had confessed to being at the scene. Or so they said.

Kercher had been stabbed in a sexual misadventure, officials said. And they knew the killers.

American Amanda Knox, Kercher’s roommate; Italian Raffaele Sollecito, Knox’s former boyfriend; and Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede, a drifter known in the area, had their pictures splattered across the world’s media.

Knox’s photo was even hung in the police plaza alongside Italy’s most infamous mobsters and criminals.

The prosecution case seemed a sensational slam-dunk, almost too good to be true. <