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Knox trial: Jury rejects DNA request

Knox trial: Jury rejects DNA request

An Italian appeals court has rejected a prosecutors' request for new DNA testing in the appeals trial of Amanda Knox, saying it would be unneccessary after lengthy discussion over genetic evidence.
The decision Wednesday by Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann opens the way for closing arguments, which are set to begin on Sept. 23 with the prosecution. A verdict is expected by month's end.
Independent experts have recently cast doubt on DNA evidence that is crucial to the case.
Knox was convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher and sentenced to 26 years; Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian who was Knox's boyfriend at the time, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years.
Both have appealed the Dec. 2009 verdict.


Updated : 2020-12-03 05:20 GMT+08:00