Meredith Kercher trial: case against Amanda Knox crumbling

Despite being just days away from a possible life sentence for the murder of Meredith Kercher, suspect Amanda Knox smiles in the courtroom as her lawyer says trial evidence is ‘flawed’…

Murder suspect Amanda Knox managed a smile in court yesterday as her defence lawyer summed up, despite being days away from a possible life sentence.

Her lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, said evidence against her was ‘flawed‘ and suggested DNA traces said to link Miss Knox to the scene of the stabbing in Perugia in November 2007 were too low to be relied on.

Miss Kercher, 21, from Coulsdon, south London, was found dead in her bedroom after what prosecutors maintain was a drug-induced sex game.

Miss Knox, 22, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 25, deny charges of murder and sexual violence. Rudy Guede, 22, from Ivory Coast, was jailed for 30 years after he was convicted in a separate trial but has launched an appeal.

In her defence, Miss Knox, from Seattle, testified that she spent the night of the murder with Mr Sollecito at his flat, where she said they smoked marijuana, had sex and watched a movie.

In his closing arguments in the trial, Mr Dalla Vedova told the court: ‘There are still many doubts.

Sollecito’s lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, then described Knox as a ‘little girl with child-like eyes, full of energy who is given to imprudence and spontaneity.’

‘She is not Amanda the ripper. She is a fragile and weak girl,’ added Ms Bongiorno. ‘If anything, she is similar to the character Amelie, the French girl in the film of the same name she was watching with Raffaele the night of the murder.’

The jury in Perugia is expected to begin its deliberations on Friday.

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