Amanda Knox cleared of murdering British roommate

October 3, 2011 22:15

PERUGIA, Italy - An Italian court cleared 24 year-old American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 and set them free on Monday after nearly four years in prison for a crime they always denied committing.

Seattle native Knox and Italian computer student, Raffaele Sollecito, had appealed against a 2009 verdict that found them guilty of murdering 21-year-old Meredith Kercher during what prosecutors said was a sexual assault four years ago.

The court quashed a 26-year jail sentence against Knox, and a 25-year sentence against Sollecito, after independent forensic investigators sharply criticized police scientific evidence, saying it was unreliable.

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