Raffaele Sollecito, convicted and then acquitted along with his lover Amanda Knox in the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher, says his "life is on hold" as he awaits the beginning of this month's retrial ordered by Italy's highest court.
"My life is still on trial… Every tiny little day, it is constantly on my shoulder, because these trials, this kind of situation, has put my life on hold," Sollecito, 29, told ITV's Daybreak Tuesday
. "It's kind of ridiculous to me because… you don’t need hundreds of trials. You need just one trial and then if there are mistakes, you can appeal for a review of the trial itself. This is the system."
Just a week after meeting American college student Amanda Knox, who was studying in Perugia, Italy, Sollecito found himself at the center of a murder investigation in 2007. He and his new girlfriend Knox were arrested for allegedly murdering Kercher, Knox's flatmate.
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Knox and Sollecito are no longer an item.
Knox, now 26, was sentenced to 26 years following her initial conviction. Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter, was also convicted in the murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.
An Italian appeals court then threw out their convictions in 2011 and harshly criticized the prosecution's handling of evidence. Knox and Sollecito were free after serving four years in an Italian prison.
But in March Italy's Court of Cassation overturned Knox and Sollecito's acquittals and ordered a new trial to begin within the next year in Florence.
"I cannot find a normal life, a job, a career or something to focus on instead of thinking about the trial, about the documents, about what will happen, about how to pay lawyers, how to pay my bills," Sollecito said of his life in limbo.
The retrial is scheduled to begin Sept. 30. Knox's lawyers have said the American, who has resumed her studies at the University of Washington in her hometown of Seattle, will not return to Italy for the proceedings.
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