Belfast Telegraph

Friday 24 October 2014

Knox retrial date set for September

Knox at her trial (AP)

An Italian appeals court has set September 30 as the start date for the retrial of American student Amanda Knox in the 2007 death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

In March, Italy's highest court overturned Knox's acquittal, faulting the lower court for "deficiencies, contradictions and illogical" conclusions in freeing Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. It ordered a new appeals court to consider all the evidence to determine if they helped kill Ms Kercher.

Kercher family lawyer Francesco Maresca said the Florence court would begin hearings on September 30. Knox, who returned to her home town of Seattle after her 2011 acquittal, is not expected to attend.

Ms Kercher's body was found in her bedroom of the house she shared with Knox in Perugia. Her throat had been slashed.

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