Throughout her trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox maintained that she was at her boyfriend’s apartment as her alibi for the night of the murder. However recently released surveillance footage shows a woman resembling Knox walking through a parking lot near the home where Kercher was killed and could be devastating to her defense.
The grainy black and white video is time-stamped 20:53, November 1, 2007, which is consistent with the night of the murder and shows a woman wearing jeans and a long coat that were nearly the same as Knox was wearing in the following days. The female is seen walking through a parking lot near the home that Knox shared with Kercher.
The television show that released the footage, Quarto Grado, also showed other known samples of Knox on video to suggest that the two women walked and moved in the same manner. The show also said that Kercher appeared on the footage two minutes prior to Knox and was walking towards her house.
Additionally, according to the program, earlier that evening the same camera recorded Rudy Guede, a local drifter who is serving 16 years for killing Ms Kercher “in consort with others”.
Knox’s alibi for the night was that she was at her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito’s, apartment where she spent the night reading a Harry Potter book and having sex with him. However if it can be proven that it is in fact Knox in the video then it would blow huge holes in her story and raise serious questions as to her whereabouts that night.
Knox has maintained that she’s innocent in the killing despite being convicted for a second time and having a third trial in the Italian courts. She’s been home in Seattle and refuses to return to Italy even though the family of Kercher has begged her to do so.
Kercher was enrolled at the Universita per Straneri (Foreigner’s University) in 2007 and was Knox’s roommate. She was found dead shortly after noon on November 2, 2007, having been sexually assaulted and her throat cut.
Knox and her boyfriend were almost immediately named a suspects along with Rudy Guede, who was a small time drug dealer and vagrant who was loosely tied to Knox and Sollecito.
In 2009, Knox and her boyfriend were both convicted of the murder in a joint trial then were later acquitted in 2011. Upon her release Knox returned to America where she’s remained ever since.
However in March of 2013 Italy’s highest court overturned her and her boyfriend’s acquittals and a third trial commenced in September and is still underway.
Quarto Grado raised the question of why the footage never appeared in court even though prosecutors and the defense knew about it.
Latza Nadeau was inspired by the case and wrote “Angel Face,” which details how she thought everything happened based on what she learned from it. She explained that the footage was more than likely not helpful to either the prosecution or the defense.
“If the prosecution shows someone like Amanda Knox walking away from the crime scene it’s not helpful. For the defense, if there is a video of her anywhere near the house it’s not helpful to them because her alibi is that she was at Raffaele’s house,” she said.
On January 30 of this year, an appeals court reconvicted Knox and Sollecito for the murder and released a 337 page report detailing why. Among the details in it were that Kercher accused Knox of stealing her rent money which started the initial argument and that two separate knives were used, with Knox delivering the fatal slash.
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