Monday, September 26, 2011

But She Looks So SWEEEEEET!

Amanda Knox, convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher, has been described as a 'lying, sex-loving she-devil' by the man she falsely accused of the murder.

Knox is currently awaiting the outcome of an appeal against her conviction in Italy, but a lawyer for Patrick Lumumba told the hearing she was not to be believed.

Early in the investigation into the killing, Knox accused Mr Lumumba of killing Miss Kercher, who shared an apartment with Knox in Perugia. He was briefly jailed, but later cleared.

Mr Lumumba's lawyer Carlo Pacelli told the appeals court that Knox had a double soul - the clean-faced woman sitting before judges, and the she-devil who loves "wild sex."

Knox maintains police pressure led her to accuse Mr Lumumba.

Mr Lumumba is a civil plaintiff in the case, and in Italy civil portions of cases are heard at the same time as the criminal matter.

His lawyer asked the court: "Who is Amanda Knox? Is she the mild-looking, fresh-faced person you see here, or the one devoted to lust, drugs and alcohol that emerges from the court documents?"

He maintained that a double soul co-existed in the 24-year-old American.

"Both a (saint) and a demonic, satanic, diabolical she-devil, which leads her toward borderline behaviour. This was the Amanda of November 1, 2007," the night of the murder.

He insists that, at the time of the crime, "she was an explosive mix of drugs, sex and alcohol."

Miss Kercher was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Knox. The American student at one point told investigators she was home during the killing and had to cover her ears to drown out Miss Kercher's screams while Mr Lumumba was murdering her, according to court documents.

Knox maintains police pressure led her to accuse Mr Lumumba, a Congolese national who owned a bar in Perugia where the American occasionally worked.

While Mr Lumumba is a civil plaintiff in the case, he is also seeking damages from Knox in a separate procedure because her claim led him to be unjustly detained.

Knox's co-defendant in the appeals trial is her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. He was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. He, too, denies wrongdoing.

A verdict in their appeals case is expected by next week. Knox and Sollecito hope to be freed after four years in jail; prosecutors have asked the court to increase the sentences of both to life in prison, Italy's stiffest sentence.

Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede from Ivory Coast. Italy's highest criminal court has upheld Guede's conviction and his 16-year prison sentence.

Knox had been sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. American Knox had shared a house with Kercher, who was found in her room semi-naked with her throat slashed.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have maintained their innocence throughout the entire trial.

Now key DNA evidence from the original trial is being questioned. Here are some details of the allegations from two court appointed DNA experts (via the BBC):

A knife that was suspected of being the murder weapon had too little DNA evidence on it to reliable. Originally it had been argued that Knox's DNA was on the handle and Kercher's on the blade.
The DNA was inadequately stored in plastic bags that would degrade the DNA.
Investigators likely contaminated Kercher's bra clasp at the scene, which was said to contain Sollecito's DNA.

The police have hit back against the claims, saying that the DNA techniques they used were world class, reports ABC News.

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