Amanda Knox, an American girl under trial in Italy, was finally relieved from the case after several ups and down in the case that would rival the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend were arrested eight years ago, on charges of killing a British exchange student Meredith Kercher in their apartment floor in Perugia, Italy. They convicted in 2009, declared innocent in 2011, re-convicted in 2013, declared innocent finally once and for all by Italy’s highest criminal court in March. Now finally, she has been released from the case.
Italy’s Court of Cassation, the nation’s highest appeals court, said that there was no evidence Knox had committed the crime as there was no “biological traces” of Knox and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the room where Kercher was murdered.
“The international spotlight on the case in fact resulted in the investigation undergoing a sudden acceleration,” the judgement said.
Upbeat Knox, said on her Facebook page: “I am deeply grateful that the Italian Supreme Court has filed its opinion and forcefully declared my innocence. This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me.”
Knox had already served four years in Italian prison before her release in 2011.“I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused,” she said.
Knox, 28, and Sollecito had long said they were not guilty of the crime. Another person by name Guede was convicted of killing Kercher in 2008. If the current verdict gone awry, Knox may have been extradited to Italy and returned to prison.
“I was demolished in that interrogation,” she told ABC in 2013.