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Key dates in Knox prosecution

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 16 2008 file phothen murder suspect AmandKnox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers

FILE - In this Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, then murder suspect Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia's court after a hearing, central Italy. Few international criminal cases have cleaved along national biases as that of American student Amanda Knox, awaiting half world away her third Italian court verdict in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Whatever is decided this week, the protracted legal battle that has grabbed global headlines and polarized trial-watchers in three nations probably won't end in Florence. With the first two trials producing flip-flop guilty-then-innocent verdicts against Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, the case has produced harshly clashing versions of events. A Florence appeals panel designated by Italy's supreme court to address errors in the appeals acquittal is set to deliberate Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, with a verdict expected later in the day .(AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

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Updated: January 30, 2014 5:03PM



FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — Key dates in case of American student Amanda Knox, convicted then acquitted in slaying of British roommate Meredith Kercher.

— Nov. 2, 2007: Kercher, 21, is found dead in Perugia apartment. Investigators say she was killed the night before.

— Nov. 6, 2007: Knox is arrested with then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, Congolese owner of pub where Knox occasionally worked.

— Nov. 20, 2007: Lumumba, implicated by Knox, is released for lack of evidence.

— Dec. 6, 2007: Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede is extradited from Germany.

— Oct. 28, 2008: Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on charges of murder and sexual assault. Guede, in a fast-track trial, is convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

— Dec. 4, 2009: Court finds Knox guilty of murder, sexual assault and slander; sentences her to 26 years in prison. Sollecito is convicted of murder and sexual assault, sentenced to 25 years.

— Dec. 22, 2009: Appeals court upholds Guede conviction, cuts sentence to 16 years.

— Nov. 24, 2010: Appeals trial for Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.

— 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 conviction, orders them freed immediately.

—March 26, 2013: Italy’s highest court overturns the acquittal, orders a new appeals trial.

—Sept. 30, 2013: Florence appeals court opens third trial of Knox and Sollecito.

—Jan. 30, 2014: Appeals court upholds murder convictions, sentencing Knox to 28 ½ years and Sollecito to 25 years.



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