Cautious optimism over guilty verdict from Kercher family
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 01:19
Jan. 31 - Siblings of murdered British university student Meredith Kercher react with cautious optimism over guilty ruling. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The brother and sister of murdered British university student Meredith Kercher held a news conference at a hotel in Florence Italy Friday.
The two discussed the guilty verdict handed down a day before by an Italian court that finds U.S. student Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito guilty of murder.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SISTER OF MEREDITH KERCHER, STEPHANIE KERCHER SAYING:
"For us as a family, the guilty verdict is just the next step for us really. It contributes obviously to the process of the Italian legal system and obviously again we will have to wait for the report to come out in 90 days time which will confirm their reasoning but it does sort of contribute to the further next steps to hopefully get to an end of this case for us."
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BROTHER OF MEREDITH KERCHER, LYLE KERCHER SAYING:
"Of course the fact that it's gone on for six years now, and we're looking at the spring of 2015 now for the decision to be upheld or overturned again... I think I was saying yesterday, losing somebody close to you is difficult, loosing somebody of that age, and in the horrific circumstances that Meredith was killed is horrendous and then to have media attention, world wide media attention, and the fact that its been drawn out over six years just makes it incredibly difficult for us."
Sollecito's lawyer Giulia Bongiorno confirmed that her client would appeal to Italy's highest court, and Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said he was "stunned".
The court will publish the reasons for its verdict in 90 days.
If final appeals are heard, neither Knox nor Sollecito, who was banned from leaving Italy, would face arrest or jail time until a final verdict by the highest court.
Knox, who is in the United States, would have to be extradited to serve her sentence.
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