Seattle native and University of Washington student Amanda Knox will stand trial in Italy for murder – again.
Italy’s highest criminal court, the Court of Cassation, ruled Tuesday that an appeals court must re-hear the case against Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.
Knox stayed up until 2 a.m. to hear the courts ruling. She said the courts decision was, “painful.”
Knox and Sollecito spent four years in an Italian prison for the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Kercher was found dead in the bedroom of a house she shared with Knox in the university town of Perugia, where the two lived as exchange students.
Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Sollecito denied any wrongdoing, and in 2011, their convictions were overturned on appeal.
Knox does not have to return to Italy for the new trial, and it is unlikely Sollecito, who now lives in Verona, will be jailed again before the trial. Defendants in Italy are not required to be in court. If convicted, however, the Italian government could request Knox be extradited to serve her sentence.
The exact issues that need to be reconsidered won't be known until the court releases its full ruling within 90 days.
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