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Continued: Italian judge in 3rd Amanda Knox trial allows new DNA test on presumed murder weapon

  • Article by: COLLEEN BARRY , Associated Press
  • Last update: September 30, 2013 - 2:40 PM

Maresca, the Kercher's family lawyer, said they still believe that all three defendants were present at the scene of the crime.

In its stunning 2011 acquittal that overturned Knox and Sollecito's convictions, a Perugia appeals court criticized virtually the prosecution's entire case. The appellate court noted that the murder weapon was never found, said that the DNA tests were faulty, and that prosecutors provided no murder motive.

Yet the Court of Cassation ruling was likewise strident, criticizing the appeals court ruling and saying it "openly collides with objective facts of the case."

The high court said the appellate judges had ignored some evidence, considered other evidence insufficiently and undervalued the fact that Knox had initially accused a man of committing the crime who had nothing to do with it.

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