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Amanda Knox murder ruling postponed to January 20

Closing statements by defense Thursday

08 January, 15:36
Amanda Knox murder ruling postponed to January 20 (ANSA) - Florence, January 8 - The ruling in the retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher has been moved from January 15 to January 20. Courtroom organization and the lawyers' strike planned for January 13-15 were cited as reasons for the decision. Knox, Kercher's then roommate, and Sollecito, Knox's boyfriend at the time, were jailed initially, first as suspects and then as convicted killers, before having their convictions quashed in 2011.

The prosecution has asked for a 30-year jail sentence for Knox and 26 for Sollecito. A hearing is to begin on Thursday at 10 AM local time, in which the closing statements by Sollecito's lawyers, Giulia Bongiorno and Luca Maori, are expected. On January 16 the rebuttal will be heard and the sentence is likely to come on January 20.

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