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Amanda Knox Verdict in Roommate's Slaying Comes Down Thursday

Image: Amanda Knox Verdict in Roommate's Slaying Comes Down Thursday Raffaele Sollecito talks with his stepmother Mara Papagni prior to the final hearing before the third court verdict for the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Thursday, 30 Jan 2014 08:49 AM

By Michael Mullins

Amanda Knox awaits an Italian court's verdict on Thursday as judges decide whether to uphold or overturn a conviction in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. The fate of Knox's former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito also hangs on the verdict.

The Italian Court's decision will be announced on Thursday. Whatever the verdict, it is unclear what impact it will have on the 26-year-old Knox who is currently living with her family in Seattle.

Knox has been free since 2011 when an Italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction citing weak DNA evidence.

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In March, however, Italy's Supreme Court overturned the pair's acquittals citing evidence and discrepancies in testimony that the jury did not consider.

"It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution's theory of my involvement in Meredith's murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair," Knox said in a statement in March after learning of the court's decision to overturn the acquittal. "No matter what happens, my family and I will face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."

When asked last month if she would return to Italy if the court found her guilty, Know said she was scared to considering, "I will become ... a fugitive," she told Italian daily La Repubblica this month, CNN reported.

If found guilty, Knox would be able to appeal to the Italian Supreme Court again, but if that failed, Italy could reportedly request her extradition.

The U.S. could fight Italy on an extradition request based on double jeopardy, a principle in the U.S. judicial system and enshrined in the Constitution that outlaws being tried twice for the same crime.

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The 29-year-old Sollecito however is not so lucky when it comes to determining his own fate, considering he remains in Italy for the verdict.

Knox and Sollecito became instant media spectacles when they were initially convicted of murdering Kercher in 2009 during what prosecutors had said was a drug-fuelled sexual assault six years ago.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter whose DNA was found on the victim, was convicted in the 2007 murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.

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