Raffaele Sollecito, the man Italian prosecutors say helped Amanda Knox murder her roommate in 2007, admitted this week that he does have some lingering questions about Knox's behavior around the time of the crime.
In an interview that aired on Italian television Monday, Sollecito said that he doesn’t understand why his ex-girlfriend stayed in her flat in Perugia, Italy, to take a shower after she realized the residence had been broken into and noticed blood drops on the bathroom floor.
"Certainly I asked her questions," Sollecito said in the interview, which aired in part on the "Today" show Monday
. "Why did you take a shower? Why did she spend so much time there? . . . I don't have answers."
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Knox, 26, has been stuck in legal limbo ever since 2007 when she and Sollecito were accused of murdering Meredith Kercher, Knox's roommate in Perugia, where she was studying abroad.
The University of Washington student was convicted and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter, was also convicted in the murder and is serving a 30-year prison term.
Then, in 2011, an Italian appeals court threw out Knox and Sollecito's convictions and harshly criticized the prosecution's handling of evidence. The pair was free after serving four years in an Italian prison.
But in March 2013, Italy's highest court overturned the acquittals and ordered a new trial to begin within the year in Florence. Knox, who had resumed her studies at UW in her hometown of Seattle, did not travel to Italy for the proceedings.
Now, just last month, a jury reconvicted the pair.
Though Sollecito has previously said he stands by Knox and believes in her innocence as well as his own, his comments this week appear to be an effort to distance himself from his co-defendant.
"I think he's distancing himself from her. He's saying that there's some evidence that may apply to her but doesn’t apply to him," NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom told "Today."
Knox herself has previously brushed off those claims.
"It has been claimed that, in this most recent round of closing arguments and in interviews since the latest guilty verdict, Raffaele and his defense attorneys have finally betrayed their resentment and started to put distance between him and me legally and personally," Knox wrote in a blog post on her website earlier this month
"This is not the case. Actually, Attorney Bongiorno’s closing arguments and Raffaele's latest statements pinpoint and attack a fundamental weakness in the prosecution’s case against both Raffaele and me that has been ignored for far too long: Raffaele is not a slave . . . Raffaele has plenty of reason for resentment, but not against me. The only reason he has been dragged into this is because he happens to be my alibi."
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