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Experts: Amanda Knox DNA evidence unreliable

Some of the DNA traces used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murdering British student Meredith Kercher may have been contaminated, independent experts have said.

The review by two Italian court-appointed experts was requested by the defence and has been eagerly awaited. Its conclusions could boost Knox's chances of overturning her murder conviction.

Knox was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Miss Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, with whom she shared an apartment while both were exchange students in Perugia, Italy.

She was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

The experts say in their report that the genetic profile attributed to Miss Kercher is "unreliable" and cannot be attributed with certainty.

Prosecutors said in the first trial that Knox's DNA was found on the alleged murder weapon, a kitchen knife.

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