Amanda Knox’s Ex-Boyfriend, Raffaelle Sollecito, Speaks

Amanda Knox

Amanda Knox

Raffaelle Sollecito, the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox, who was also charged with the murder of Meredith Kircher, made a spontaneous declaration in court this week of his innocence. He and Knox are currently being retried in the case, after their convictions were thrown out on appeal. Italian law allows for such declarations, without making the defendants subject to cross-examination. One of the key issues is that the knife investigators believe to be the murder weapon was retested for DNA, and revealed no DNA for Ms. Kircher. It did reveal DNA for Amanda Knox, which was not a surprise since she had used it to prepare food. The government has no concrete evidence tying Knox or Sollecito to the crime, just the statement of Knox, which is demonstrably inaccurate. A man named Rudy Guede was convicted separately for his role in the killing, and he is serving a prison sentence. The retrial will continue, probably for several weeks.

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