Amanda Knox has once again been found guilty by an Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Despite an Italian court’s findings earlier today, which call for Knox to be imprisoned for 28 years, a man named Rudy Guede went to trial for the same murder after a large amount of forensic evidence tied him to the crime scene. He was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail. In addition to the strong DNA evidence against Guede, he confessed to his cell mate that he committed Kercher’s murder. His sentence has since been reduced to 16 years in jail and Guede now says he is innocent.
According to all parties involved in the incident, including Guede, he was present at Knox and Kercher’s apartment shortly before, and in some versions of the story, during, the murder. There is also strong DNA evidence tying him to the crime itself, including his bloody hand prints and DNA found all over the crime scene and inside Kercher’s body. His bloody fingerprints were also found at the scene.
Guede was already a known criminal and had several burglary convictions under his belt by the time he met Kercher. He has changed his story so many times about whether or not Knox is the real killer, it’s difficult to keep all the versions straight. He has said he saw Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito leaving the crime scene shortly after the murder. He has also said that Knox and Sollecito were not present at the murder. He later said that they are guilty of the murder. More than one of his fellow prisoners has come forward to say he told them the real story is that Knox and Sollicito were not at the crime scene at all and that he is the real killer.
However, despite Guede’s conflicting statements and his latest assertion that Knox and Sollecito are guilty, not a trace of conclusive blood evidence was found that could implicate Knox in the crime. In fact, not one shred of hard evidence—DNA or otherwise, tied either Knox or Sollecito to the crime scene. The best evidence the prosecution could present was the fact that Knox was seen “acting strangely” after the murder and hugging her boyfriend. Police also managed to force a confession out of Knox after what she describes as repeated beatings and the absence of a lawyer. Prosecutors said she didn’t cry very much when she found out her roommate had been murdered and they used this as evidence against her.
So, to recap: Guede’s DNA was found all over the crime scene. Guede’s fingerprints in Kercher’s blood were found under Kercher’s pillow. Guede’s DNA was found inside Kercher’s body. After the murder Guede attempted to flee with his personal belongings to Germany and he was caught trying to get onto a train without a ticket. Guede’s cellmates have come forward to state that Guede made a full confession to them that he indeed was the murderer of Kercher. Guede was already a convinted thief and drug dealer by the time he met Kercher. Guede was convicted of Kercher’s murder and is now serving a lengthy jail sentence for his deeds.
Knox and Sollicito both told and maintained the same story: that they were not present at the scene of the crime and that they watched a movie at Sollicito’s apartment, then fell asleep the night of the murder. There is no hard evidence linking either Knox or Sollicito to the crime scene.
Amanda Knox has again been found guilty by an Italian court, but Rudy Guede confessed to the crime according to his cellmates, and was convicted back in 2008. There is much more to the case than can be described in a summary, and many books have been written about the case, but one thing is clear: Guede is guilty whether or not Knox had anything to do with the crime.
By: Rebecca Savastio