New DNA findings in Knox trial find no Kircher DNA on knife
Forensic experts in appeal say only Knox DNA is identifiable31 October, 17:22
Forensic experts have determined the knife doesn't have Kircher's DNA on it, though traces of Amanda's has been found on it. The knife was retrieved from Sollecito's kitchen where the couple had originally said it was used for cooking purposes.
The new appeals judge had ordered forensic experts to re-test DNA on the knife and had asked the experts to evaluate if it were possible to test the DNA to determine the validity of an initial finding stating there were traces of Meredith's, since a second set of forensic experts said the first set of tests had been incorrect in identifying Kircher's DNA since the strains found were not sufficient to be tested.
Amanda Knox's defence lawyer Luciano Ghirga said the latest round of testing "pushes even further away the possibility that this was the murder weapon". Ghirga went on to add that the results of the DNA tests that were deposited in court on Thursday show "the forensic experts appointed by the Perugia appeals court, who at the time of their work didn't have instrumentation available to carry out a thorough examination on such a low quantity of DNA, carried out their work well".
More specifically, the methodology used by the experts nominated by the Florence judge as those applied to a "low copy number" and are the same as the ones used by the Perugia experts which led to criticism of the initial findings of the forensic police.
The Kircher family defence team meanwhile has said that the fact that the knife contains Knox's DNA is compatible with her being responsible for the murder.
Knox has said she will not return to Italy for the trial while Sollecito has made it know he intends to attend the next hearing on November 6. His lawyers called the new findings additional proof of his innocence.