Main dates in Amanda Knox sex-murder case
The gruesome murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007 is back in the headlines as Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito begin appeals against their convictions on Wednesday.
Here are the main dates in the case so far:
November 2: The body of Leeds University student Kercher, who was in Perugia on an exchange programme, is found by police half-naked in a pool of blood with stab wounds to the neck in the cottage she shared with Knox.
November 6: Police arrest Knox, Sollecito and Patrick Lumumba, a bar owner, after Knox says she was in the house while Lumumba committed the murder. She now says she made the statement under duress during police questioning.
November 20: Police in Germany arrest Ivorian immigrant Rudy Guede, who had fled Perugia, after DNA evidence is found linking him to the murder. He is edxtradited to Italy. Lumumba is released and fully exonerated.
October 28: Guede is sentenced to 30 years in jail for the murder and sexual assault of Kercher following a fast-track trial. His sentence is later reduced to 16 years on appeal after he apologised to the Kercher family.
January 16: Trial of Knox and Sollecito begins under massive media attention.
December 5: Knox is found guilty and sentenced to 26 years in prison. She shouts "No! No!" in the courtroom and breaks into sobs. Sollecito gets 25 years. The prosecution had sought maximum life terms for both.
March 22: The ruling from Guede's appeal says he carried out the sexual assault on Kercher and then held her down as she was struck with lethal wounds.
October 19: A book of interviews is published in which Knox speaks of her longing for married life and a writing career. It says she has been reading many literature classics including Dostoyevsky, Hemingway, Kafka and Tolstoy.
November 8: Knox is indicted on additional charges of slander for claiming police beat her during questioning. She is set to face trial on May 17, 2011.
November 24: Appeal hearings for Knox and Sollecito begin in Perugia.
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