Full Name at Birth
Amanda Marie Knox
Seattle, Washington, USA
Claim to Fame
Being convicted, acquitted, and re-convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher
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Amanda Marie Knox (born July 9, 1987) is an American woman whose conviction, along with Raffaele Sollecito, of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy received widespread publicity. Rudy Guede, who denied involvement but had strong forensic evidence against him, had earlier given evidence implicating Knox and Sollecito at his separate trial for murdering Kercher, and received a reduced sentence. Knox maintained her innocence and there was criticism of the verdict because of what some experts considered an anomalous absence of forensic evidence that she had attacked Kercher in her bedroom along with Guede, as the prosecution alleged. Knox spent almost four years in prison before a second-level or appeal trial freed both her and Sollecito in October 2011. After Knox had returned to the US, the Italian Supreme Court ordered the appeal trial to be re-heard. Knox remained in the US. In January 2014, she was again found guilty, and sentenced to 28 years in prison. Both Knox and Sollecito remain free; in Italy a guilty verdict in a serious case is not regarded as a definitive conviction until the accused has exhausted the appeals process.
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Amanda Knox is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author (her memoir, Waiting to Be Heard, was published by HarperCollins on April 30th, 2013). She received her Bachelors degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2014. She currently works as a freelance journalist and editor. She is fluent in Italian.
Amanda is a defendant in the internationally infamous and controversial trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher. Amanda was 20 years old and studying abroad in Perugia, Italy when her 21-year-old British roommate, Meredith, was found brutally stabbed to death. After four days of questioning, Amanda was arrested and imprisoned alongside her boyfriend of a week, 23-year-old Raffaele Sollecito. Amanda and Raffaele have since spent years defending themselves against a fervid prosecution which insists upon unsubstantiated character portrayals of depravity and violence and their involvement in the murder despite lack of physical evidence placing Amanda and Raffaele at the scene of the crime. This, in contrast to the copious physical evidence demonstrating the presence and participation of a separate defendant, 20-year-old Rudy Guede. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted in December 2009, then acquitted on appeal in October 2011 when court-appointed forensic experts determined the key evidence used against them was unreliable. They were immediately released from prison and Amanda returned to the United States. In March 2013 the Italian Court of Cassation ordered a new review of the case and in January 2014 the new appeals court reinstated the guilty verdicts despite no introduction of any new incriminating evidence. Amanda and Raffaele continue to profess their innocence and are appealing again to Italy’s Court of Cassation in March 2015.
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Seattle Preparatory School (2005)
University of Washington for Linguistics, University for Foreigners
www.amandaknox.com/, www.biography.com/people/amanda-knox-20663285, twitter.com/amandu_knoxx, www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Knox-and-Raffaele-Sollecito/106344459390034
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