June 18, 2011- Five witnesses came forward to testify in defense of convicted killer Amanda Knox. Knox is serving a sentence for the killing in 2007 of her roommate. The five witnesses are inmates in the same prison where Knox is being held.
Some are questioning the reliability of the witnesses and prosecutors are doing all they can to say the witnesses cannot be trusted since they are hardened criminals. Knox appeared in court Saturday morning and was dressed conservatively.
The witnesses are saying both Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are not guilty of the murder of Meredith Kercher a British student. The first witness testified that he was told by a fellow inmate that his friend had killed Kercher.
Amanda’s stepfather was there and said it is hoped that more truth comes out. But another witness, convicted mob man Luciano Aviello says his brother killed Kercher in a break-in gone wrong. These new witnesses are just another twist in the long ongoing appeal.
Knox is serving a 26 year sentence but there are growing doubts about her conviction. A final decision about her appeal is not expected until sometime this fall. The key to the case is the DNA. Her lawyers say there is so little DNA that it should never have been used as evidence against to begin with.