New appeal verdicts due in Amanda Knox trial

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ROME (USATODAY.com)  - A court in Italy is expected to announce Thursday fresh appeal verdicts in the case of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, accused of the 2007 slaying of the British student Meredith Kercher.

The first two trials produced flip-flop verdicts of guilty then innocent for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Sollecito, and the case has produced harshly clashing versions of events.

The pair were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after spending four years in custody. But Italy's supreme court - called the Court of Cassation - dismissed that ruling based on what it said was key evidence that had been omitted during the appeal.

A Florence appeals panel was subsequently designated by Italy's supreme court to address issues it raised about the acquittal. If convicted again, Knox and Sollecito can lodge a further appeal with the supreme court.

Much of the attention has focused on Knox, 26, who has remained in Seattle during this trial, citing her fear of "the universal problem of wrongful conviction," according to her statement emailed to the Florence court. Her representatives say she is concentrating on her studies at the University of Washington.

Legal experts have said that if Knox is again convicted Italy may seek her extradition, but probably not before a final judgement has been made.

Contributing: Associated Press

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