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Amanda Knox, 4 Years After Acquittal: Her Life Today

People

 

On Nov. 1, 2007, Meredith Kercher, a student from England, is found dead in the Perugia. She shares her place with American student Amanda Knox. Five days later, Knox and her boyfriend, student Raffaele Sollecito, are arrested for Kercher's murder.

 

Two years later, following a high-profile 11-month trial, Knox and Sollecito are convicted in Kercher's murder, despite mishandled DNA evidence and the sentencing of Rudy Guede, a drifter who was convicted of Kercher's murder in a separate 2008 trial. Knox is sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito, 25; however, after an appeal, both are freed and cleared of most charges in October 2011.

 

Four years after her arrest, Knox returns home to American soil, where she attempts to lay low while rejoining society. She enjoys quiet dinners with friends and family and even reportedly has a romance with old friend James Terrano. In 2013, she releases a memoir about her legal ordeal, entitled Waiting to Be Heard, for which she reportedly received $4 million - most of which she used to pay back her legal fees and loans.

 

On March 26, 2013, it's announced that the Court of Cassation throws out the former acquittals and announces a retrial. The second appeals trial concludes in January 2014, and Knox is once again found guilty of murdering Kercher, and sentenced to 28 1/2 years in prison, while Sollecito is sentenced to 25. The court explained that it re-convicted the pair partially because the nature of Kercher’s wounds indicated that Guede (who is still in prison serving a reduced 16-year sentence), could not have acted alone.

 

However, in March 2015, Italy's highest appeals court surprisingly overturns the second conviction, once again exonerating Knox and Sollecito of the charges - this time for good. The court finds the police and prosecutors in the case showed "stunning weakness," ruling, "There was no shortage of glaring errors in the underlying fabric of the sentence in question."