A door was closed on one of the trials of the last decade after the Italian supreme court, the Court of Cassation, ruled both Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito could not be convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher.
After being initially convicted at trial in 2009, the pair, who have always protested their innocence, found said convictions overturned in 2011 as they were freed after doubts over the DNA evidence used at the trial were raised, only to see the guilty verdicts reinstated in 2014.
After the second guilty verdict, Knox refused to return to Italy and heard the supreme court ruling from her home in Seattle. A representative for Knox claimed she was ‘relieved and grateful’ at the verdict.
A statement from Knox read:
The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal.
The ordeal is now over for both Knox and Sollecito – as far as it can be after going through numerous trials, spending years in jail and becoming two of the most infamous people in the world – but spare a thought for the Kercher family who have to deal with yet more heartbreak.
Rudy Hermann Guede is still serving his sentence for his part in the murder after being tried separately to both Knox and Sollecito.