New look at DNA evidence in Knox case

ROME, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Forensic experts in Italy begin re-examining disputed DNA evidence Wednesday that was used to convict American co-ed Amanda Knox of killing her roommate.

Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito are appealing their convictions for the 2007 slaying of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.


The forensic experts' findings are due to be delivered May 9 followed by a hearing on the matter set for May 21.

Legal experts say the case will end up in Italy's Supreme Court if Knox and Sollecito are acquitted in the first of two appeals granted by the Italian judicial system.

The third person convicted in the Kercher slaying, Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede, has exhausted the appeals process.

Last week lawyers for Knox sent a letter to America's Lifetime network demanding it drop plans to show a TV movie about the case that could damage her appeal.

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