Amanda Knox’ retrial in absentia seems to be going better for her than she has publicly feared, because the purported murder weapon may now point to her innocence. The kitchen knife, shown here, was clumsily tested by Italian investigators prior to her 2009 trial and conviction for murder. They claimed to find the victim’s DNA on the knife, but a new court-appointed DNA expert testified that he only found traces of Knox’ own DNA on the handle.
He didn’t find any of victim Meredith Kercher’s DNA on the knife, and this finding spells big trouble for the prosecution.
From MSN News:
A court-appointed expert testifying in U.S. student Amanda Knox’s third murder trial in Italy said Wednesday that a new trace of DNA found on the handle of the knife alleged to have been the murder weapon belongs to Knox and not the victim.
…Expert Andrea Berti testified Wednesday that the minute new DNA trace from the knife’s handle showed “considerable affinity” with Knox’s DNA, while not matching that of Kercher. It also did not match the DNA of Knox’s co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito or Rudy Guede, an Ivorian man who has been convicted separately in the brutal slaying.
Knox defense lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova told The Associated Press that the testimony confirms their contention that the knife was used solely for preparing food. “The report confirms that this is a kitchen knife. It is not a murder weapon,” Dalla Vedova said.
Luca Maori, Sollecito’s defense lawyer, said the trace’s very existence also indicated the knife had not been washed. “It is something very important,” he said. “It is absurd to use it for a murder and put it back in the drawer.”
It always weirds me out a little bit to see American defendants locked up overseas, convicted by questionable trials in countries with less-than-optimally effective police and judiciaries.
I’m deeply suspicious of criminal trials which are based largely on the prosecution’s fabricated story that the defendant was a tramp. This kind of prosecution was clearly acceptable in Silvio Berlusconi’s ‘Bunga-Bunga’ Italy, but has no place in the modern world.