Amanda Knox Murder Mystery Returns To News

by | April 19, 2010 at 1:32 PM | TV News

American Amanda Knox, 22, was sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison for murder.

American Amanda Knox, 22, was sentenced to 26 years in an Italian prison for murder.


“Why is Amanda Knox still in jail?”

The question was asked by Ted Simon, the attorney for the 22-year-old American student jailed in Italy for murdering her roommate.

Speaking to ‘Good Morning America,’ Simon said there’s a new witness who can prove that Knox was someplace else when the murder took place.

There’s a 200-page appeal containing new evidence, he said, adding that it should force the Italian courts to reconsider her 26-year sentence.

Last week, in fact, Italian prosecutors asked the courts to toughen Knox’s sentence to life in prison.

Knox’s family reacted with disappointment, telling ABC New that they are “quite disappointed in the decision of the prosecution’s office to pursue an appeal against Amanda and … to ask for life in prison.”

On December 5, 2009, Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murdering British student eredith Kercher. A third person, Rudy Guede, was also given a 30-year sentence, which was later reduced to 16 years.

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“There’s brand new information presented as part of Amanda’s appeal by another person that states for the first time that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were not present or were not involved,” Simon told ‘GMA.’

According to Simon, Knox’s appeal will challenge the forensic evidence and emphasize, as the attorney said, “that all the forensic evidence points to Rudy Guede.”

Take a look at ’48 Hours Mysters”s in-depth examination of the case. What do you think?