Knox, Sollecito defense call for new crime scene forensics
Knox has a dirty conscience, former suspect Lumumba tells court30 September, 16:56
The former American student and her Italian ex-boyfriend are being retried on murder charges for the November 1, 2007, stabbing death of Kercher, who was found dead on the floor of an apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia. Kercher was 21.
Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and acquitted on appeal in 2011. A third suspect, Ivorian national Rudy Guede, was convicted in a fast-track trial and is serving a 16-year sentence for the rape and murder of Kercher.
Knox defense attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova argued the retrial is unconstitutional because it raises the risk of ''a person being kept on trial for their entire life'' for a crime with no statute of limitations.
Sollecito lawyer Giulia Bongiorno called on the court ''to concentrate on reliable evidence and not on conjectures, which are inevitably prejudiced by media coverage''. She also called for new crime scene forensics.
''How is it possible that huge traces of Guede were found, but not a single trace of Amanda was found? How is it possible that the sole trace of Raffaele, which we obviously contest, was allegedly found on a bra hook?'' Bongiorno asked, calling for new forensics to ascertain whether or not the crime scene was secure when the bra hook was collected.
Also on Monday, former suspect Patrick Lumumba, who was briefly arrested in 2007 after Knox fingered him for the murder and then retracted, told the court that his former accuser went back to the United States because she has a guilty conscience.
''I think she ran away because she had something to do with Meredith's death. She is guilty or she would not have falsely accused me,'' Lumumba said.''Poor Meredith deserves justice...there are two victims here, the first is poor Meredith and I am the second''.