Raffaele Sollecito has distanced himself from ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox in the latest chapter of a saga that goes back to 2007, when Knox's roommate Meredith Kercher was murdered in their flat in Perugia, Italy. He now casts some doubt on her alibi.
According to The Guardian
, Sollecito and his lawyer called a press conference in Rome on Tuesday, where the 30-year-old Italian said he still believed "to this day in the innocence of Amanda Marie Knox" but signaled a break from their six years joint defense, adding "But obviously, in what I read in the court papers, I register certain anomalies."
Facing a 25-year prison sentence, Sollecito maintains that he's not certain how much time he and Knox, who is now home in Seattle, spent at his apartment the night of the murder. Both say their heads were foggy due to marijuana usage.
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Knox said that she sent a text message from Sollecito's home at 8:35 p.m. on the night of Kercher's murder. A Florence court found that it was sent from outside the home, however.
"According to the sentence, this [SMS] was not written from Raffaele's house. Therefore the two were not together," said his lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno.
The defense team said the attack on Kercher likely took place between 9 and 9:30 p.m., but Sollecito said activity on his home computer show that he was home until at least 9:26 p.m.
"What is my participation? What is my motive, my involvement, anything? Explain it to me, because my name is Raffaele Sollecito and not Amanda Marie Knox," he concluded the press conference.
Knox and Sollecito were acquitted by jury in a 2011 appeal, but a higher court quashed that acquittal and re-instated their original conviction, sentencing Knox to 28 years and Sollecito to 25.
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