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Trial witness says Amanda Knox didnt kill roommate

first_imgPERUGIA, Italy (AP) — A convicted child murderer testified Saturday at the appeals trial for Amanda Knox, saying that a fellow inmate had told him the American student had nothing to do with her British roommate’s slaying.Witness Mario Alessi, who is serving a life sentence for one of Italy’s most shocking crimes, the kidnap-murder of an Italian toddler snatched from his home, was called by defense lawyers. His credibility was soon challenged in court.Knox was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering British student Meredith Kercher in the house the two shared in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was also convicted and sentenced to 25 years.They both deny wrongdoing and are appealing their convictions.Also convicted in a separate proceeding was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man whose conviction has been confirmed by Italy’s highest criminal court. Guede also denies wrongdoing, but admitted being in Knox’s and Kercher’s apartment the night of the murder on Nov. 1, 2007.Alessi is being held in the same prison as Guede. He testified that the Ivorian told him that Knox and Sollecito are innocent, speaking in prison conversations in November 2009. That was about a month before Knox and Sollecito were convicted in the first trial and while Guede had already been convicted and was appealing.last_img

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