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Knox’s Appeal In Roommate’s Death Resumes

PERUGIA, Italy, Sept. 5 (UPI) — The family of the British student killed while studying in Italy say they don’t want the woman to be forgotten nor her death to be in vain.

Stephanie Kercher said she wrote to the family’s lawyers in Italy, expressing “anxiety and trouble” about an appeal by two of the convicted killers of her sister, Meredith, and questions raised about DNA evidence in the case, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Meanwhile, Amanda Knox, the U.S. student convicted along with her ex-boyfriend and another man of killing Kercher was to return to a Perugia, Italy, courtroom to appeal her 2009 conviction. Prosecutors were expected to cross-examine DNA experts Monday about their contention that evidence used to convict Knox in Meredith Kercher’s death was seriously flawed, Adnkronos International reported.

Kercher’s letter read, “It is extremely difficult to understand how the results, which were obtained with great care and presented in the first trial as valid, could now be regarded as irrelevant.”

“The defense seems to be focusing on these DNA aspects,” the letter said, “but we want, for a moment to remember who this case is about: My sister, a daughter brutally taken away four years ago and a day does not pass when we do not think about her … .”

Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, are appealing their 26- and 25-year prison sentences in the stabbing death of Kercher. Ivory Coast immigrant Rudy Guede was tried separately and is serving a 16-year sentence.

The court is expected to rule on the appeal by the end of September.

Knox and Sollecito maintain their innocence, saying they were wrongfully convicted because of faulty forensic evidence.

Expert witnesses Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti from Rome’s La Sapienza University testified in July that DNA evidence was not reliable. They said no trace of blood was found on the knife identified as the murder weapon.

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