Amanda Knox was cleared earlier this year of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher, however she now faces yet another court proceeding in Italy — this time for allegedly slandering police.
According to Sky News
, Congolese bar owner Patrick Lumumbaa was detained shortly after the 2007 murder because Knox told police she "covered her ears as he killed" Kercher.
Two weeks later, a university professor provided him an alibi, and he was cleared of suspicion.
Knox then claimed that it was the Italian police who had coerced her into testifying against Lumumbaa.
It was this claim that led to the slander charge, and a trial to determine its merits began on Tuesday, The Associated Press reported via ABC News
Knox, 27, who has resided in the U.S. since her first acquittal in 2011, is not expected to attend the trial. She has mostly returned to a normal life, and gotten engaged to a former schoolmate earlier this year.
On Wednesday, Knox' defense lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said he is "not worried" about the slander case because the statute of limitations runs out in October 2016, which will cancel all future appeals.
Kercher's family expressed disappointment with the murder verdict earlier this year, as they believe Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito acted in concert with Rudy Guede from the Ivory Coast, who was convicted of her murder in a separate trial and is currently serving a 16-year sentence.
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