Amanda Knox, ex-lover face retrial for Italy student killing
ROME (AFP) - The retrial of Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend for the sexual abuse and murder of a British student in 2007 begins in Florence on Monday, amid fierce questioning of Italy's justice system.
Knox and Raffaele Sollecito spent four years behind bars for the murder of Meredith Kercher, who was found half-naked in a pool of blood in the house she shared with Knox , her body riddled with stab wounds.
An appeals court overturned their convictions in 2011 and Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle, but Italy's Supreme Court in March ordered a retrial following an appeal by prosecutors against the ruling.
Supreme court judges cited glaring inconsistencies in the ruling that freed the former lovers in dramatic court scenes in the university town of Perugia as a crowd of locals outside shouted "Shame!" and "Killers!" A third person, Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede, who like the other two has always denied the murder, is the only person still in prison for the crime.