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Amanda Knox ‘hopeful’ as DNA review granted

Amanda Knox's family have expressed their delight after a court allowed a review of the evidence used to convict her of Meredith Kercher's murder.

The American student is serving a 26-year prison sentence in Perugia, Italy, for the brutal killing, which prosecutors said followed a bungled sex game.

Now appealing in the Italian hilltop town, her hopes of having the verdict overturned were given a boost by yesterday's decision to grant a re-examination of crucial DNA evidence.

The court also gave permission for defence lawyers to introduce two new witnesses to the appeal process, giving another boost to 23-year-old Knox's chances.

Her stepfather Chris Mellas described it as “the first step in the right direction”.

The 36-year-old said: “We're all pleased. It's nice to have the first good decision in three years. Amanda is definitely hopeful.”

The evidence to be reviewed includes disputed DNA traces which were found on a knife |allegedly used as the murder weapon and on the clasp of Miss Kercher's bra.

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