Seattle, WA, United States (4E) – Amanda Knox is not returning to Italy for her retrial on the 2007 murder of a British exchange student, according to her attorney and family spokesman.
David Marriott said Knox, 25, had never agreed to attend, and there’s “no requirement she be there, according to CNN. Attorney Luciano Ghirga was quoted by the Florence, Italy newspaper La Nazione as saying Knox told him in their recent meeting in the U.S. that she will not attend the new trial that will start on Sept. 30 in the Italian city.
Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29, were convicted in 2009 for murdering Meredith Kercher, 21. In November 2007, Kercher was found stabbed to death in the Perugia university dorm she shared with Knox, who was 20 at the time.
The conviction was appealed and the Italian Supreme Court overturned it in 2011 for lack of evidence leading to Knox’s acquittal and release from prison. She returned home to Seattle, Washington after four years in an Italian prison.
In March, the Italian Supreme Court ordered a retrial of the case ruling that the jury which acquitted Knox failed to consider all evidence and testimonies have discrepancies. In June, the court released its written reasoning, wherein the judges supported prosecutors’ theory that Kercher died from forced erotic game that went violent.
The court also ordered Knox to attend the retrial. Her extradition to Italy is possible if she refuses to attend the retrial.