FILE - This Nov. 2, 2007 file photo shows Amanda Marie Knox, of the U.S., left, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, of Italy, outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy. The Court of Cassation on Monday March 25, 2013 is considering prosecutors' contentions that the 2011 acquittals of American Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher should be thrown out and a new trial ordered. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici, File)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 8:58 am
Key dates in the Amanda Knox case
By The Associated Press
- Nov. 2, 2007: The body of Kercher, 21, is found in her apartment in Perugia, Italy. Investigators say she was killed the night before.
- Nov. 6, 2007: Knox is arrested with then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, the Congolese owner of pub where Knox occasionally worked.
- Nov. 20, 2007: Lumumba, implicated by Knox statements to police, is released from jail for lack of evidence.
- Dec. 6, 2007: Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede is extradited from Germany and jailed on arrival in Italy.
- Oct. 28, 2008: Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on murder and sexual assault charges. Guede, who was granted a fast-track trial, is convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
- Jan. 16, 2009: Trial of Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.
- June 12, 2009: Knox takes stand; tells court she was shocked by Kercher's death, offers alibi, says police beat her into making false statement.
- Dec. 4, 2009: Court finds Knox guilty of murder and sexual assault, sentences her to 26 years in prison. Sollecito is convicted of same charges and sentenced to 25 years.
- Dec. 22, 2009: Appeals court upholds Guede's conviction but cuts sentence to 16 years.
- Nov. 24, 2010: Appeals trial for Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.
- Dec. 16, 2010: Italy's highest criminal court upholds Guede's conviction and 16-year prison sentence.
- June 29, 2011: Independent forensic report ordered by the appeals court finds much of the DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito is unreliable.
- Oct. 3, 2011: Appeals court clears Knox, Sollecito of murder convictions, orders them freed immediately
- March 26, 2013: Italy's highest criminal court overturns acquittal of Knox and Sollecito, orders new trial.