Attorneys for Ms. Amanda Knox have officially filed the appeal for the December 2009 prison sentence for the murder of Ms. Meredith Kercher.
Knox’s legal teams are expected to challenge controversial forensics in the case and are asking for a 3rd party review of the forensic evidence. This was already requested during the original trial, but the Knox family is hopeful that a new appeals court judge will grant such an independent review.
Ms. Knox’s lawyers are contesting the knife that prosecutors said was the murder weapon that had Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s on the blade. They also are questioning luminol-positive traces of footprints found in the corridor and the spot in another room where prosecutors say Knox and her then beau, Raffaele Sollecito, staged a break-in to confuse the investigators. A police biologist had testified during the trial that these luminol positive traces had mixed genetic material of Ms. Knox and Ms. Kercher.
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