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Sort order. May 13, Jeff added it. Good review of the evidence This book provides a convincing argument that there was a single killer and he already pleaded guilty. A law enforcement professional challenges the shoddy Italian police work. Sep 08, Sandra Sorenson rated it really liked it. An interesting short book based on the physical evidence in Meredith Kerchers home.
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The Hellmann-appointed DNA experts reviewed only two items out of dozens in this case, the knife and the bra clasp. In the case of the knife , the experts advanced these main complaints, in line with defense argumentation before the Massei and Micheli courts:. During this second pass two items with Guede profiles, the purse and the sweatshirt, were also collected. They did not explain how the passage of time in a sealed crime scene would cause the clasp to become contaminated in this way, nor did they identify a source of so much Sollecito DNA, his only other genetic trace in the house being on a cigarette butt in the kitchen, mixed with Knox's this was removed on November 3.
By way of explanation reviewer Conti only said "anything is possible. The Supreme Court, in overturning Hellmann's ruling, was especially harsh regarding the lack of logic on this point, calling it completely unmoored from scientific reasoning. Knox was arrested because she gave the police a statement saying that she was present at the cottage at the time of the murder.
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This would be standard police practice anywhere in the world. There is no evidence that Knox's strange behaviour, such as turning cartwheels, played any part in the judicial process. Judge Massei gave very detailed written reasons for Knox's and Sollecito's conviction, and there is no mention of cartwheels.
The drifter allegation is a product of the Gogerty Mariott firm. Guede had lived in Perugia since immigrating there when he was five, was raised by a well-to-do family and had his own apartment metres from Sollecito's. Guede was known to the police, but never charged or had a previous conviction, however minor. All three defendants had had minor brushes with the law. In the Carabinieri found Sollecito in possession of 2.
They found him in possession of a laptop computer which had been stolen from a Perugia law office which he claimed to have bought and other items that might have been stolen property. He was questioned by police, but released. Still, if we accept the allegation of Guede's experience on its face, the illogicality of the alleged break-in becomes even harder to understand. While Knox and Sollecito have recently been alleging deals being offered or deals being made, deals of the sort Americans are accustomed to are not allowed in Italy.
All three accused were initially meant to be tried together, and likely were advised of all of their options at the outset. One of these options is what's known as a fast-track trial , usually involving a not-guilty plea but with less evidence presented from either side.
For this a one-third reduction in sentence is automatically granted in the event of a conviction—and life sentences are reduced to 30 years. Guede elected to sever his case from Knox and Sollecito, fearing they would gang up on him in a joint trial, and to take the fast-track option.
At Guede's trial Judge Micheli imposed a year sentence, the fast-track equivalent of a life sentence, and the harshest sentence that the court could award. By the time of Guede's appeal, Knox and Sollecito's trial had been concluded, with their being given the benefit of generic mitigating factors , such as their young age—hence they were given 24 year sentences for the murder charge. At Guede's appeal, he was credited with the same mitigating factors he is, for example, younger than Sollecito. The fast-track tariff one third reduction means that his equivalent sentence is two thirds of 24 years, which is 16 years.
That is the sentence that he is currently serving. Guede has thus received no reductions in his sentence other than the generic mitigating factors also enjoyed by Knox and Sollecito, plus the automatic fast-track reduction of one third—an option open to Knox and Sollecito which they chose to reject. The European Convention on Human Rights ECHR states in the optional Seventh Protocol, Article Four : "No one shall be liable to be tried or punished again in criminal proceedings under the jurisdiction of the same State for an offence for which he or she has already been finally acquitted or convicted in accordance with the law and penal procedure of that State.
Knox's DNA was found in a smear of her own blood on the bathroom faucet she at first claimed not to recognize and which she testified was not there the afternoon before the murder "When you saw the bathroom for the last time, were there traces of blood in it? To the question of fixing these deposits of physical traces to a certain date, the Court comments that it is not conceivable that Knox's feet would become stained with Meredith's blood on any other occasion.
No Knox DNA was found in the victim's room. The footprint analysts did discover a size 7 women's shoe print on the pillowcase, and Knox's black reading lamp was found on Meredith's floor. Prosecutors propose, and the courts have generally agreed, that no forced entry into the home and the clear indications of the involvement of Guede and Sollecito indicates that it was Knox who gave them access to the house, and it is unlikely someone would cover up a crime they had no hand in.
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What happened in between is what the courts have been considering. A few clarifications on the use of bleach as it relates to the different sites: In the very early days after the murder there was often talk of a bleach cleanup while evidence of this at the cottage gradually failed to materialize.
On entering Sollecito's apartment, however, detectives were struck by a very strong smell of bleach and two bottles one opened, one unopened were recovered from under his kitchen sink.
Knox was seen by Marco Quintavalle at his store the morning after the murder and while her features and dress fixed in his mind, he did not recall whether she'd bought anything. The clerk in the store, Chiriboga, also worked part-time as Sollecito's cleaning lady.
She initially told Detective Volturno she had been instructed never to use bleach, only Lysoform, and that there was no bleach at Sollecito's apartment. After meeting with Sollecito's lawyer Maori, Chiriboga changed her story and now told Volurno she was mistaken: there was bleach after all and she had been the one to request that it be purchased. See Volturno's testimony. Jump to: navigation , search. Navigation menu Personal tools Log in.
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