The Amanda Knox court case is far from over. The final hearing in the murder case against Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito is today, Monday, March 25, 2013. The final hearing in the highly publicized Amanda Knox court case will take place in an Italian courtroom.
On Monday, the Amanda Knox court case will see judges rule whether or not there are grounds for a new trial or if they should uphold the October 2011 appeal verdict which cleared Knox and Sollecito of the murder they had been found guilty of in 2009.
The famous, perhaps infamous, court case has held a captive worldwide audience since 2009 and this final Knox court case may mark the end of an era. Stephanie Kercher, the sister of the murdered Meredith Kercher, expressed her opinion about the case in a vague sense.
"There are lots of questions without answers and that's why we are looking for the truth. We miss Meredith terribly and nothing will bring her back." Stephanie Kercher said on Saturday. "We hope that the Supreme Court hearing will help to find some answers to what happened that night in November 2007 when our lives changed forever," Kercher stated without directly saying whether she still has doubts about Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. "A beautiful young girl, my little sister (was) taken away from us too early in a brutal manner, with many aspects to still clarify."
The Amanda Knox court case exploded when Knox, from Seattle, Washington, United States, and Kercher, from the United Kingdom, were both exchange students. The two were sharing a small house in Peruga, Italy. Meredith Kercher was found brutally murdered in the house in 2007, in a pool blood with her throat slashed. Prosecutors claim she was killed in a "kinky sex game" gone wrong.
Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, a driter, were separately found guilty of the crime. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in jail, Sollecito to 25. In 2011, the convictions were overturned due to confusion among the local police force and the lack of physical evidence against the duo.
Monday's Amanda Knox court case is the final opportunity for Italian court to try them for the crime. Italian prosecutors will be asking the courts to toss out the 2011 acquittals. The prosecutors claim that Kercher was killed by Knox and Sollecito, 29, who allegedly used drugs before slaying and sexually assaulting the British ex-pat. The two, who were dating at the time, admitted to smoking marijuana the evening she died but said they did not play a part in her death.
If the Italian courts are unsuccessful, the long-winded Amanda Knox court case is officially over. Even if they are successful, most American legal experts believe it is unlikely the U.S. would agree to extradite Knox to Italy for a new trial. Meanwhile, Rudy Guede, a drifter from the African nation of Ivory Coast, is currently serving a 16-year sentence in the murder.