Eight Years After Meredith’s Death, Amanda Knox Is Cleared

Eight Years After Meredith’s Death, Amanda Knox Is Cleared


by Grazia |

It’s the case that didn’t seem like it would ever end – and even now, after Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffele Sollecito have been cleared of murdering Knox’s roommate, British student Meredith Kercher conspiracy theories are rife. Eight years, two trials, two convictions and two acquittals later, the internet is still asking: did they do it?

The pair were first arrested and charged with 21-year-old Meredith’s murder in 2007, following the discovery of Meredith’s body in her bedroom of the flat she shared with Knox. After spending four years on remand, they were convicted for their part in her death, along with Rudy Guede, who is still serving a 16-year sentence for the murder – before Knox and Sollecito’s convictions were appealed and overturned. Then in January last year the pair were tried again – and found guilty. Knox was sentenced to 28.5 years in jail.

The latest development has come as one of great relief to Knox, who is hoping to pursue a career in journalism – but for the family of Meredith, it’s been a source of shock and disbelief.

The Kerchers have, in the past, made their feelings that Knox and Sollecito were involved in the killing – and evidence such as Knox’s frequently changing story, her DNA found on the knife which killed Meredith, her phone belying her whereabouts when she lied about being at her boyfriend’s on the night of the murder means many share their certainty.

But, however much conjecture occurs, a judge decided Knox should be acquitted of murder. And maybe now, finally, Meredith will be remembered how she deserves to be: without the circus of speculation, with respect and dignity.

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