The owner of the Italian "murder house" where Amanda Knox and a boyfriend are accused of killing British student Meredith Kercher has reduced the price of the structure by more than $100,000 in an attempt to sell it, reported RadarOnline
Authorities found Kercher murdered in the villa in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007. Knox and then-boyfriend Italian Raffaele Sollecito were originally convicted of the murders but their convictions were overturned. In January, Knox was convicted for a second time in Kercher's death.
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RadarOnline reported that villa owner Aldalia Tallanelli decided to sell the house six years later after eight new tenants living there nearly suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in their sleep. Tallanelli has reduced the price of the home from $630,000 to a little more than $520,000, RadarOnline said.
"The owner of the property really wants to sell the house," an agent for Tecnocasa real estate agency told RadarOnline. "But it has not been easy to find potential buyers who are willing to overlook the fact that a brutal murder took place there."
The Tecnocasa agency is handling the effort to sell the home for Tallanelli.
"The owner is adamant that everything possible be done to discourage anyone in the realtor's office from saying a word about the murder, even though it is next to impossible to hide that fact," RadarOnline's source told them. "The owner hates the negative association her property has with the Meredith connection and really just wants to be free of the place now."
Knox and Sollecito were serving 26- and 25-year prison sentences, respectively, for Kercher's death when they were acquitted in October 2011 and released. Italian authorities, though, ordered her to stand trial again in March 2013.
The Italian appeals court overturned the acquittals and found them both guilty again, with Sollecito receiving a 25-year prison sentence and Knox receiving a 28.5-year sentence.
Knox, who lives in Seattle, told CNN that the decision was an "unjust verdict."
"Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system," she told CNN in a written statement in January
. "The evidence and accusatory theory do not justify a verdict of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. ... There has always been a marked lack of evidence."
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