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Amanda Knox: Timeline

4th October 2011

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Nov. 1: 21-year old British student, Meredith Kercher, is murdered in the Italian flat she shared with American student Amanda Knox and two Italian women.

Amanda Knox cleared of murder of Meredith KercherNov. 2: Kercher’s body is discovered by police.

Nov. 6: Knox and her then-boyfriend Rafaele Sollecito, are arrested along with Diya “Patrick” Lumumba – the Congolese owner of a pub that Knox occasionally worked at.

Nov. 20: Lumumba is released from jail based on a lack of evidence. A fourth suspect – Rudy Hermann Guede, from the Ivory Coast – is coincidentally arrested in Germany for travelling without a train ticket.

Dec . 6: Police claim Guede’s bloody fingerprints were found on Kercher’s pillow. Guede is extradited to Italy to face murder charges.

Dec. 14: Kercher’s funeral in London



Oct, 28: Geude is sentenced to 30 years in jail which is reduced in 2009 in return for him agreeing to a fast-track trial. Knox and Sollecito are indicted on charges of murder and sexual assault.



Jan, 16: The trial of Knox and Sollecito begins.

Jun, 12: Knox claims whilst testifying that police beat her during her initial interrogation – explaining her pointing the finger at Patrick Lumumba.

Dec, 5: Knox and Sollecito are found guilty. Knox is sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25.



Nov, 8: Knox is ordered to stand trial for slandering police officers during the murder investigation.

Nov, 24: Appeals trials for Knox and Sollecito open in Italy.

Dec, 18: Knox is permitted a review of forensic evidence used in her conviction.



Jun, 18: A jail-mate of Guede’s tells the appeal court that Guede told him Knox and Sollecito were innocent, and that an unnamed accomplice killed Kercher.

Jun, 29: Much of the DNA evidence used in Knox’s conviction is found to be unreliable by an independent forensic report.

Oct, 3: am: Knox makes an emotional plea for acquittal to the appeals court, telling them: “I am not who they say I am...I did not do the things they say I did. I did not kill, I did not rape, I did not steal. I was not there at the time.”

Oct, 3: pm: Knox and Sollecito are cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher. Knox is ordered to pay 22,000 Euros in compensation to Lumumba.

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