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 who spent almost four years in an Italian prison accused of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, one of the women who shared her apartment, before being definitively acquitted by the Supreme Court of Cassation. Knox had raised the alarm after returning from spending the night with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Police initially thought a faked burglary at the apartment indicated a single male known to Kercher, but investigations began to focus on Knox, although she was officially a witness. Four days later, she and Sollecito were arrested, over the objections of the policeman heading the investigation. Knox and Sollecito were initially accused of acting with a bar owner she worked for, but he was released and substituted for Rudy Guede whose bloodstained fingerprints had been found on Kercher's possessions.
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Amanda Marie Knox (born July 9, 1987) is an American woman whose conviction and eventual acquittal, 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 remained 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. On March 27, 2015, Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, again overturned the conviction, definitively ending the case.
Amanda Knox was raised with two younger sisters. Her mother, Edda Mellas, a mathematics teacher, and her father, Curt, a vice president of finance at the local Macy's, divorced when Knox was a few years old. Knox grew up in West Seattle. Her stepfather, Chris, is an information-technology consultant. She graduated in 2005 from the Seattle Preparatory School, and began to study linguistics at the University of Washington, making the university's dean's list by early 2007, when she decided to study in Italy. Her stepfather had strong reservations about her going to Italy that year, as he felt she was still too naïve.
On February 3, 2015, Knox became engaged to childhood friend and musician Colin Sutherland.
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Seattle Preparatory School (2005)
University of Washington for Linguistics, University for Foreigners
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