Murder victim's family shocked after Knox acquittal

4th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

Meredith Kercher's family voiced disappointment on Tuesday and said the truth was still to be established after Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were cleared of the murder.

"It was quite a shock... We still don't have the answers," Kercher's sister Stephanie told reporters in the university town of Perugia, a day after the convictions against Knox and Sollecito were overturned by an appeals jury.

"The biggest disappointment is not knowing still and knowing there is someone out there that has done this," she said at a press conference.

Kercher's brother Lyle said: "It's very disappointing... We're back to square one, the search goes on to find out what really happened."

Prosecutors, who had requested maximum life sentences against Knox and Sollecito for the murder, have said they will appeal against the acquittals.

Local man Rudy Guede was also convicted for the murder and is serving out a 16-year sentence after exhausting his appeals but investigators said he could not have acted alone given the wounds found on Kercher's body.

Leeds University student Kercher, 21, was found in a pool of blood on the floor of her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox. Her body had dozens of knife wounds and bruises and signs of a sexual assault were found.

"What happened to Meredith is every mother's nightmare," Kercher's mother, Arline, said at the press conference.

© 2011 AFP

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