Tears of Joy
Dramatic reversal of Amanda Knox's murder conviction stunned the victim's family, angered the prosecution and left questions unanswered over who killed her roommate
Amanda Knox flew home to Seattle, USA, yesterday after four years in an Italian prison, as the dramatic reversal of her murder conviction stunned the victim's family, angered the prosecution and left questions unanswered over who killed her British roommate.
Free at last: Amanda Knox reacts after she was found innocent in the
Meredith Kercher murder case at a court in Italy. Pic/AFP
Prosecutors who saw their case collapse over discredited DNA evidence are appealing the innocent verdicts of Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito to Italy's highest court. The family of the victim, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, said during an emotional news conference that they were back to "square one". "If those two are not the guilty parties, then who are the guilty people?" asked Lyle Kercher, brother of the victim.
A lawyer for the sole man now convicted for the stabbing death of Kercher, Ivory Coast native Rudy Hermann Guede, said he would seek a retrial. Prosecutors had maintained the three killed Kercher during a lurid, drug-fueled sex game.
To Knox, the verdict means freedom after four years behind bars and under the spotlight of an international press focused on her every word or gesture. The case has been a cause celebre in the US, and a staple of British tabloids, which took to calling her 'Foxy Knoxy.'