Amanda Knox slander trial adjourned to October: report

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US murder convict Amanda Knox appeared in court Tuesday to face charges of slandering the Italian police who had questioned her over the 2007 slaying of her roommate, the ANSA news agency reported.

The case was immediately adjourned to October 1 pending a higher court's ruling set for June 17 on a defence motion for the judge in the case to recuse herself.

The judge, Claudia Matteini, took part in the initial investigation into the sex-murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in the university town of Perugia, central Italy, on November 1, 2007.

Knox, now 22, was sentenced in December to 26 years in prison for murdering Kercher in a drug-fuelled sex game that turned violent.

She has appealed the conviction.

Knox's then Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an Ivorian man, Rudy Guede, were also convicted of the murder.

The native of Seattle, Washington, accused police of beating and intimidating her during questioning after the gruesome murder.

Kercher was found November 2, 2007, semi-nude in a pool of blood under a duvet with multiple stab wounds to the neck in her room in the cottage she shared with Knox.

© 2010 AFP

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