A look at Amanda Knox's 1st trial

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Knox convicted

Italy's top court has ordered a retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the murder of Knox's roommate Meredith Kercher in November 2007. Here's a look at the first trial period. See gallery

Amanda Knox, a U.S. student convicted of murdering her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007, arrives at court during her appeal trial in Perugia Sept. 30, 2011. Knox is appealing a 2009 verdict that found her guilty of murdering Kercher during a drug-fueled sex assault. Kercher's half-naked body was found in a pool of blood in the apartment the two shared. The Seattle student was sentenced to 26 years behind bars. After four years in prison, she was acquitted, but Italy's highest court Monday overturned the acquittal. Her Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and an Ivorian drifter were also jailed for their roles in the murder. 

 

 

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Murder suspect

Murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito is escorted by Italian penitentiary police to a closed-door evidentiary hearing in Perugia April 19, 2008. Three suspects are being held for the Nov. 2, 2007 murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, including her American flatmate Amanda Knox and Knox's boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The third suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede, was extradited back to Italy on Dec. 6, 2007, after fleeing to Germany after the murder.

 

 

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Tearful homecoming

Amanda Knox, right, cries and gestures to friends while her mother, Edda Mellas, sits next to her during a news conference at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after Knox returned from Italy Oct. 4, 2011. Knox went home to Seattle, one day after an Italian court cleared the 24-year-old college student of murder and freed her from prison.  

 

 

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Order of service

A program for the funeral of murdered student Meredith Kercher is seen at Croydon Parish Church, south London, Dec. 14, 2007. Kercher, a 21-year-old exchange student from Leeds University, was found dead Nov. 2 in Perugia, semi-naked with a deep cut to her throat. 

 

 

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Kercher's funeral

Stephanie Kercher, center, sister of murdered student Meredith Kercher, leaves the church after her sister's funeral in Croydon, south London, Dec. 14, 2007.

 

 

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News conference

Kercher's family members — from left, mother Arline, sister Stephanie and brother Lyle — attend a news conference in Perugia Oct. 3, 2011. The family of the murdered British student still finds it difficult to forgive her murder, her brother and sister said just hours before an expected verdict in an appeal by Knox. 

 

 

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At trial

U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox speaks with her lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, at her trial for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia Jan. 16, 2009.

 

 

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House of murder

A view of the now-vacant house in Perugia where British student Meredith Kercher was killed in November 2007. Prosecutors said Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and a third person fatally stabbed Kercher in the neck after trying to force her into joining an orgy. The case riveted Italians and received wide coverage in British and American media.

 

 

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Appeal to the court

Rudy Guede watches during his appeal against the sentence he received in the Meredith Kercher murder trial, in Perugia, Italy, Dec. 22, 2009. Guede, an Ivorian drifter with a criminal record, was sentenced in October 2008 to 30 years in jail for taking part in Kercher's murder.

 


 

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Murder trial in Perugia

A general view of the courtroom during the Meredith Kercher murder trial in Perugia, Italy, Nov. 27, 2009.

 

 

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Police escort

Amanda Knox, the U.S. student convicted of killing her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Italy in November 2007, returns to the courtroom after a break for her appeal trial in Perugia on Sept. 5, 2011. Kercher was found half-naked lying in a pool of blood with her throat cut in the house the two women shared in the Italian town of Perugia. Knox, her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Ivorian Rudy Guede were convicted and jailed in 2009 for the murder.