Knox awaits decision from Italy's highest court


Associated Press

Posted on March 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 3:01 PM

ROME (AP) — Amanda Knox will have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out if Italy's top criminal court overturns her acquittal in the murder of her roommate.

After initially being convicted and given long prison sentences, Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend were acquitted by an appeals court in 2011 in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Prosecutors say the acquittal should be thrown out and a new trial should be ordered. They say the appeals court shouldn't have cast aside DNA evidence that had led to the initial conviction in the case, and that another trial could allow for more definitive testing.

The high court heard six hours of arguments today, and then put off a decision until morning.

After her acquittal, Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle. Her family says she's now a student at the University of Washington. If the court orders a new trial, and she's convicted, her Italian attorney says Italy could seek her extradition from the United States. It would then be up to the United States to decide whether to honor the request.

U.S. and Italian authorities could also work out a deal that would keep Knox in the United States.

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APPHOTO ROM102: FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, then murder suspect Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia's court after a hearing, central Italy. Amanda Knox was waiting anxiously Monday, March 25, 2013 in Seattle to hear if she will face trial again as Italy's top criminal court considered whether to overturn her acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy. Italian prosecutors have asked the high court to throw out the acquittals of Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher and order a new trial. The court's decision has been postponed to Tuesday.(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File) (16 Sep 2008)

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