Amanda Knox to Face Retrial

26 Mar 2013

Amanda Knox's earlier acquittal in the murder of Brit student Meredith Kercher overturned as judge in Italy orders a retrial

Amanda Knox is facing a retrial over the death of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007.

Amanda and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were previously convicted of killing the 21 year old, but they were both acquitted and freed in 2011.

However, a judge in Italy ordered a new trial on Tuesday (26 March) after the country's highest court overturned the acquittal.

In arguments
heard at the court on Monday (25 March), the day before the ruling, prosecutors
urged the judges overseeing the case to "make sure the final curtain does
not drop on this shocking and dire crime".

Amanda, who was
initially sentenced to 26 years in prison for Kercher's murder, returned to her
native Seattle, Washington after being freed from jail 18 months ago, and she
will not be required to return to Italy to take part in her second court case
as Italian law states defendants can be tried in absentia.

If found guilty,
she could face extradition from the U.S.

Amanda says of the
retrial, "I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined
by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The
prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made
to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the
sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them."

"No matter
what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we
always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of
wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."

Maresca, a lawyer representing Kercher's relatives, adds, "I am happy the
Supreme court has seen the faults in the acquittal and I trust the next trial
will be fair and balanced."

Amanda's story was
played out on the small screen in a TV movie starring Hayden Panettiere, who
recently apologised to Meredith family for portraying her accused killer in
the TV drama.

Amanda has
written a book about her experiences and it is due for release next month
(April 2013).