The Amanda Knox Case

Pre-Trial

Meredith Kercher Found Dead

November 2, 2007

The victim, Kercher, is found in the house she shared with Amanda Knox covered up with her throat slit.

Amanda and Boyfriend Get Questioned

November 5, 2007

Amanda Knox is joined by her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, when detained by police. Knox suggests her boss, Patrick Lamumba, as a suspect. Lamumba is taken in for interrogation.

Lamumba Released

November 20, 2007

Patrick Lamumba is released after his alibi of working at the pub the night of the murder is confirmed. He spent two weeks in prison.

Rudy Guede Extradited

December, 2007

Rudy Guede, a convicted felon for previous robberies, is arrested after investigators find his DNA in a vaginal swab from Kercher. Guede claims that despite having had sexual relations with Kercher, he wasn't the one to murder her.

Knox, Guede, and Sollecito Officially Charged

July 11, 2008

Amanda Knox, Rudy Guede, and Raffaele Sollecito are officially charged with the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Guede Requests Fast-Track Trial

September 6, 2008

Guede fears a possible alliance between Knox and Sollecito against him.

Guede Found Guilty

October 28, 2008

Guede sentenced to 30 years in prison, later reduced to 16 years after appeals. Knox and Sollecito formally indicted for murder.

Knox/Sollecito Murder Trial Begins

Official Trial for Knox and Sollecito Begins

January 16, 2009

Reporters flood the courtroom to get the best media coverage for Italy's trial of the century.

Knox Testifies

June 12, 2009

Knox defends herself by claiming she was abused by police interrogators and was under stress and in shock after the murder, causing her strange behavior and forced answers.

Final Witnesses Testify

September 27, 2009

The Knox/Sollecito trial wraps up as the final witnesses give their testimony.

Two People Petition That Forensic Evidence was Usound

November 19, 2009

American forensic scientists Elizabeth Johnson and Gregory Hampikian start a petition against the credibility of the evidence.

The Verdict: Guilty on All Counts

December 4, 2009

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are found guilty by the jury for the stabbing of Meredith Kercher. Knox is sentenced to 26 years while Sollecito is sentenced to 25.

The Appeals Process

The Murder Appeal Process Begins

November 24, 2010

The judge adjourns the hearing to December 11 due to the absence one of the lawyers isn't present.

Knox Pleads For Freedom

December 11, 2010

Knox speaks through tears about being unjustly accused for a crime she and Sollecito simply did not commit.

Forensic Experts Take A Second Look

January 22, 2011

Experts from La Sapienza University in Rome take the oath and begin to retest the main evidence used against Knox, such as the supposed murder weapon, a kitchen knife previously found with Knox's DNA on the handle, and the clasp of Kercher's bra.

Jury Scheduled For Knox's Appeal

May 21, 2011

Jury of two judges and six citizens scheduled for Knox's hearing.

Guede Continues to Implicate Knox

June 27, 2011

A letter Guede wrote about Knox and Sollecito being involved in the murder is brought up by the prosecutor. Knox remains shocked at these accusations.

DNA Evidence Found Unsound

June 29, 2011

Forensic specialists find that the DNA evidence against Knox was unsound and highly contaminated during the investigation process. The knife had Knox's DNA as well as Kercher's and Sollecito's, though no blood DNA was found and only skin cell DNA was found. The bra clasp was also taken from the crime scene six weeks after the murder and, though found with Sollecito's and Knox's DNA, contamination was highly likely.

Ruled Not Guilty

October 3, 2011

Italian jury overturns murder convictions for Knox and Sollecito. Knox still convicted for defamation for accusing Lamumba. Knox returns to Seattle.

Case Comes to Final Close

March 27, 2015

Convictions finally overturned and case closed.