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New DNA tests order in Italy retrial

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:33

Oct. 1 - Italian court orders new DNA tests in the murder retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 The retrial of American Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for murder started and stopped almost immediately. The court in Florence adjourned the hearing until Friday for new DNA tests on a knife found at Sollecito's home. Italian prosecutors say the weapon was used to kill Briton Meredith Kercher in 2007 but some traces weren't tested for DNA because the samples were too small. A lawyer for the family of the victim says he's confident the retrial will reach the right verdict. (SOUNDBITE)(Italian) FRANCESCO MARESCA, LAWYER FOR KERCHER FAMILY, SAYING: "I believe that the decision of the court is based on the fact that this trial is full of elements, elements of circumstantial evidence, as we all know, elements that the court will now be able to evaluate thoroughly and totally with great calm." Knox and Sollecito's convictions for murdering Kercher were quashed by the Supreme Court two years ago. They're on trial again after the Supreme Court subsequently ruled that decision was flawed. Another man is serving 16 years for murder. Kercher was found with more than 40 wounds at this apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia. Knox and Sollecito have always protested their innocence. Knox says she won't return to Italy for the retrial. Sollecito's lawyers say he plans to attend some of the hearings. The case resumes on October 4th when a jailed Mafia member who says his brother killed Kercher is due to appear.

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New DNA tests order in Italy retrial

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 01:33

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