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Italy prosecutors seek more DNA tests in Knox case

Italy prosecutors seek more DNA tests in Knox case

Prosecutors in the Amanda Knox appeals trial asked the court Wednesday to permit further testing of DNA evidence, seen as key to their case that the American student and her ex-boyfriend killed her British roommate.
The prosecution's request was made to the jury presided over by Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann. A decision was expected later in the day.
Knox was convicted in 2009 of murdering Meredith Kercher and sentenced to 26 years; her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian, was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years. Both deny any wrongdoing.
Without a clear motive or convincing witnesses, much of the appeals outcome hinges on how the court views the DNA evidence.
Prosecutor Manuela Comodi said a review of the evidence carried out by two court-appointed independent experts _ seen by some as helpful to support Knox's claim of innocence _ was "sketchy."
She demanded that new experts carry out further testing, saying that the two independent experts have turned out to be "inadequate" and "unreliable."
Comodi also asked the court to put back on the stand a witness who had previously testified that his brother, a fugitive, had killed Kercher during a botched burglary. The witness, Luciano Aviello, has retracted his testimony, Comodi said.


Updated : 2021-07-31 03:52 GMT+08:00