Explainer: Timeline: Amanda Knox's murder trial

  • Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are appealing a 2009 verdict

    Image: Amanda Knox
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    Amanda Knox
    that found them guilty of murdering British student Meredith Kercher.

    Here is a timeline of the main events in the case. (Source: Reuters)

  • November 2, 2007

    Image: Meredith Kercher
    22-year-old British university student Meredith Kercher
    The body of Kercher is found with a deep stab wound in the throat, in the apartment she shared with American student Knox in the central Italian town of Perugia.

  • November 6, 2007

    Image: Raffaele Sollecito
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    Italian student Raffaele Sollecito
    Knox, Sollecito, and bar owner Patrick Diya Lumumba are questioned by Italian police.

  • November 19, 2007

    Image: Rudy Hermann Guede
    Police say they are seeking a fourth suspect, named as Rudy Hermann Guede, from Ivory Coast. He is arrested the next day in the German city of Mainz. On the same day Lumumba is released without charge from prison in Rome.

  • April 1, 2008

    Knox, Sollecito and Guede lose their appeals to be released from prison and are told they will stay behind bars until they are charged or released.

  • October 28, 2008

    Guede is sentenced to 30 years in jail for taking part in Kercher's murder. His sentence is cut back to 16 years on appeal in 2009. Judge Paolo Micheli also orders Knox and Sollecito to stand trial on murder charges

  • January 16, 2009

    Trial of Knox and Sollecito begins.

  • December 5, 2009

    A court sentences Knox to 26 years in prison and Sollecito to 25 years after they are found guilty of murdering Kercher during a drunken sex assault. Lawyers for Knox and Sollecito say they will appeal the sentences and Knox's family denounces the verdict as a "failure of the Italian judicial system."

  • November 8, 2010

    An Italian court orders Knox to stand trial for slandering police officers during the murder investigation.

  • November 24, 2010

    Knox and Sollecito's appeal against their convictions starts and is adjourned. It resumes on December 11.

  • December 16, 2010

    Guede's conviction is confirmed by Italy's highest appeals court.

  • June 29, 2011

    An independent forensic report discredits police evidence used to help convict Knox.

  • July 25, 2011

    Two court-appointed experts, Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti, tell an appeal hearing the knife thought to have been used to kill Kercher carried no trace of blood but may have been contaminated with other DNA traces.

  • September 23, 2011

    Prosecutors display gruesome crime scene photos.

  • September 26, 2011

    Patrick Lumumba's lawyer Carlo Pacelli calls Knox a "she-devil" and tells the appeals court she destroyed Lumumba's image by falsely accusing him of the murder, testimony that helps prosecutors attack her credibility. Knox has said she wrongly implicated Lumumba under pressure from police.

  • September 29, 2011

    Wrapping up the defense case, Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova points to errors in the probe by police and urges a panel of lay and professional judges to look beyond the image of Knox created by the media and the prosecution.


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