Knox will not return for retrial

AFP-JIJI

Amanda Knox will not return to Italy for a retrial — due to begin next month — for the 2007 death of her British roommate, her lawyer said Sunday.

Knox, 26, served four years of a 26-year sentence in an Italian prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher, whose half-naked body was found in a pool of blood in the house she shared with the American student. After an appeal, Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, her Italian ex-boyfriend, were acquitted in 2011 of the crime prosecutors attributed to a sex game gone wrong.

Knox then returned to her home near Seattle.

In March, Italy’s highest appeals court overturned the acquittal and ordered a retrial in a Florence appeals court, citing “numerous examples of shortcomings, contradictions and incoherencies” in the original appeal ruling. It said the jury that acquitted Knox had not considered all the evidence.

The only person behind bars for the murder is Rudy Guede, a local drifter born in Cote d’Ivoire who is serving a 16-year prison sentence after being tried separately and convicted of murder and sexual assault.

Based on physical evidence, prosecutors say the murder could not have been carried out by just one person.