Amanda Knox says she is paying for Italian police mistakes

ROME Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:42pm EDT

Amanda Knox looks on before speaking on NBC News' ''Today'' show in New York September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Amanda Knox looks on before speaking on NBC News' ''Today'' show in New York September 20, 2013.

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ROME (Reuters) - Amanda Knox, the American student facing retrial for the murder of her British roommate in 2007, said on Tuesday she was paying for Italian police errors but was confident the court reviewing the case would find her innocent.

Knox and her Italian boyfriend at the time of the murder, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 of killing 21-year-old Leeds University student Meredith Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sexual assault.

After winning an appeal in 2011 quashing the guilty verdict, both were freed from prison. But the case is being tried again in Florence after Italy's supreme court overturned the acquittals in March, citing "contradictions and inconsistencies".

Knox said in an interview due to be aired on Italian state RAI television on Tuesday night the case was taking so long to conclude because of a botched police investigation.

"I think I am paying for the mistakes of the police, of the investigators who don't want to admit that they are wrong," she said during a prerecorded Skype interview with RAI's Porta a Porta program.

The judge in the case has ordered a new test on the presumed murder weapon, a kitchen knife found in Sollecito's house, to examine a DNA trace that was not previously checked because experts said it was too small to produce reliable results.

"NO FEMME FATALE"

"I hope that this new trial will find me innocent and will look at these facts ... let's look at this all in full, but let's find my innocence," Knox said.

Kercher was found with more than 40 wounds, including a deep gash in the throat, in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, a picturesque town in the central Umbria region that attracts students from around the world.

Prosecutors had said that Kercher was held down and stabbed after she resisted attempts by Knox, Sollecito and a third man, Ivorian Rudy Guede, to involve her in an orgy in the apartment the two women shared in the town.

However their case was weakened by forensic experts who undermined the credibility of DNA evidence provided by police and made strong criticisms of their first-response procedures at the scene of the killing.

Knox, who was portrayed as a sex-obsessed "she-devil" by prosecutors, told Porta a Porta she was just a normal person and the image of her they had presented was false.

"I am not the femme fatale criminal fantasy they describe. This person does not exist. They put a mask on me, they put evil on me, but they didn't try to see who I really was," she said.

Knox reaffirmed she would not be returning to Italy to attend the retrial, because she had already been "wrongfully imprisoned". Sollecito's father Francesco said his son was planning to be in court at a hearing on November 6.

(Reporting by Catherine Hornby; editing by Andrew Roche)

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Comments (3)
SanPa wrote:
Florentine justice is not like that practiced in Floridian courts. George Zimmerman walked while Amanda Knox languished in an Italian prison.

Oct 15, 2013 4:35pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlofab wrote:
The significance of Amanda Knox being allowed to address the Italian people on state RAI television is unclear but would appears to suggest a sea change in attitude toward her in Italy.

Previously Prosecutor Mignini sued the Italian weekly OGGI for reviewing her memoir and ordered their review copy seized.

Mignini wrote in his lawsuit, “It is unusual for a defendant already convicted, partly permanently [for the false accusation of Patrick Lumumba] and pending the appeal for a serious crime like murder, to write a book in her ‘defense’, with heavy insults and invectives against investigators…

“What amazes and which appears unacceptable is the fact that a weekly, known and widespread as OGGI is implementing fideisticamente the claims of Knox and justifying the Knox decision not to return to Italy for trial”

It now appears that state RAI television is affording her the same courtesy.

Oct 15, 2013 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
PaulaB12 wrote:
The knife introduced as the murder weapon doesn’t match the bloody knife mark found at the scene and is also too large to have made the wounds. Recent dna test found NO dna of the victim on the knife. there is no physical evidence or circumstantial evidence against either of them. Their own crime scene people said there had been no clean up, the footprints where tested for blood and had none the only evidence is of the man who is in prison for this crime. The prosecutor has been trying to find someone guilty for satanic sex crimes gone wrong for years in fact he has failed to convict 23 people for this sort of crime.

Oct 19, 2013 6:51am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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