An appeals court has denied the prosecution's request to re-test controversial DNA evidence in the Amanda Knox trial, after independent experts cast doubt on the evidence used to convict her.
Amanda Knox returned to court where her hope of going free got a boost. An Italian appeals court rejected the prosecution's request to re-test crucial DNA evidence in the case.
The decision is good news for Knox who has spent four years in prison for the 2007 murder of her roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher. Knox's former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted.
Without a clear motive, the convictions hinged in large part on DNA evidence. During the first trial, prosecutors claimed a kitchen knife had Knox's DNA on the handle and Kercher's on the blade, but during her appeal, two court appointed experts said the evidence was unreliable and possibly tainted.
The prosecution tried to argue that the experts didn't do their jobs properly and new ones should be appointed to conduct further testing... but the court said no.
For Knox and her family , who have always maintained her innocence, the court's decision is a big relief.
Kurt Knox, Amanda Knox's Father, said, “I think it really shows that the judge and the jury believe in what the independent experts brought back to them.”
They say for the first time they see the light at the end of the tunnel and hope Amanda will be coming home soon.
Closing arguments are set to begin on September 23rd. A verdict is expected at the end of the month or the beginning of October.