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Knox argued with Kercher before Italy murder, court says

Published on Apr 30, 2014 6:44 AM
 

ROME (AFP) - Amanda Knox and her Italian lover slayed British student Meredith Kercher after an argument spiralled out of control, an Italian court said on Tuesday.

US citizen Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito - originally sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison for killing Ms Kercher - were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years behind bars, but then found guilty again in a shock about-turn by a Florence court in January.

Explaining its decision on Tuesday, the court said in its reasoning that there was DNA proof that three people were at the murder scene: Knox, Sollecito and a third person, Ivory Coast-born drifter Rudy Guede, who is the only person still in prison for the crime.

Ms Kercher, who lived with Knox, was frequently irritated by her behaviour and when her Seattle-born housemate invited Guede into the apartment that night the situation escalated, the court said in the 337-page explanation, according to Italian media reports.

 
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