Published On: Jan 30 2014 12:42:54 PM CSTUpdated On: Jan 30 2014 03:20:42 PM CST
An Italian court has convicted American Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 death of a British woman. They have both been found guilty and acquitted of the crime in recent years.
Take a look at a timeline of events and key facts you need to know surrounding this complex murder case.
November 2, 2007: Meredith Kercher is found dead in the house in Perugia, Italy, that she shared with fellow student Amanda Knox. Police say her body is partially clothed, with her throat cut.
November 5, 2007: Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are detained for questioning. Knox allegedly confesses to being at her home when Kercher was killed and implicates Patrick Lumumba, the owner of a bar where she worked. Lumumba is also detained, but eventually released after his alibi checks out.
December 2007: After being caught without a train ticket in Germany, Rudy Guede, a drifter originally from the Ivory Coast, is extradited to Italy. A vaginal swab taken from Kercher matches DNA from Guede. Guede admits to police that he had sexual relations with Kercher but says another man killed her while he was in the bathroom.
July 11, 2008: Italian prosecutors formally charge Knox, Guede and Sollecito with murder.
October 28, 2008: Knox and Sollecito are indicted on murder charges. Guede is found guilty of murder in a separate fast-track trial and sentenced to 30 years. (The sentence is reduced to 16 years on appeal in December 2009.)
December 4, 2009: The jury finds Knox and Sollecito guilty on all counts in the stabbing death of Meredith Kercher. Knox gets a 26-year sentence; Sollecito gets 25 years.
November 24, 2010
Knox and Sollecito's murder appeal process begins. One month later, Knox speaks for about 15 minutes and breaks down in tears. She says that she and Sollecito are innocent and unjustly accused.
February 15, 2011: Amanda Knox's parents are indicted for allegedly libeling police in Perugia, Knox's mother and the family's attorney say. Curt Knox and Edda Mellas are accused of defaming the police in comments to the Sunday Times of London in a 2009 interview.
October 3, 2011: An Italian jury overturns the 2009 murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito. Knox is, however, judged guilty of defamation against Patrick Lumumba, whom she had accused of killing Kercher. She leaves Italy straight after the ruling, and returns to her home city of Seattle.
March 26, 2013: Italian Supreme Court judges rule that American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito should stand trial again for the death of her former roommate in Italy. Knox's lawyer said the 25-year-old was "upset and surprised because we thought that the case was over" but was ready to fight to prove her innocence.
November 6, 2013: Sollecito takes the stand, describing the charges against him as "absurd" and the evidence against him as "an illusion." He says, "There was not a basis to charge me, to put me in jail ... I don't wish anybody on Earth to go through what I went through."
December 17, 2013: Knox again maintains her innocencein a written statement presented to the court by her lawyer.
"I must repeat to you. I'm innocent. I did not rape, I did not steal ... I did not kill Meredith," she says in a lengthy email, written in Italian.
January 30, 2014: An Italian court reinstated the guilty verdicts against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for Kercher's 2007 murder.
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