Amanda Knox

Knox’s judge explains guilty verdict


Meredith Kercher's sister Stephanie, left, and brother Lyle, arrive for a press conference in Florence, Italy, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, the day after an appeals court sentenced Amanda Knox to 28 ½ years in prison and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito to 25 years for the 2007 murdering of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, central Italy. For Kercher’s family, the verdict was another step in what has been more than six years of uncertainty about how Meredith died and finding justice. “I think we are still on the journey of the truth and it may be the fact that we don’t ever really know what happened that night, which will be something we have to come to terms with,” said Stephanie Kercher. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni )

Meredith Kercher’s sister Stephanie, left, and brother Lyle, arrive for a press conference in Florence, Italy, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, the day after an appeals court sentenced Amanda Knox to 28 ½ years in prison and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito to 25 years for the 2007 murdering of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, central Italy. For Kercher’s family, the verdict was another step in what has been more than six years of uncertainty about how Meredith died and finding justice. “I think we are still on the journey of the truth and it may be the fact that we don’t ever really know what happened that night, which will be something we have to come to terms with,” said Stephanie Kercher. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni )

ROME (AP) — The judge who presided over Amanda Knox’s second murder conviction says he suffered over the verdict but that he and the jury agreed about her guilt in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

Judge Alessandro Nencini said he agreed to be interviewed by Corriere della Sera for Saturday’s editions because he knew the sentence would create a media storm.

Nencini says the jury had come up with a motive that would be explained in the written explanation of the verdict, expected within three months. But he hinted at the conclusion, saying that up until 8:15 p.m. on the night of the murder, Knox and her now ex-boyfriend had other plans but that something changed.

He told Corriere: “If Amanda had gone to work, probably we wouldn’t be here.”

Source: AP

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