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BREAKTHROUGH Experts: Knox Cops Botched DNA Stefano Medici / AP Photos

Experts: Knox Cops Botched DNA

Things are looking up for Amanda Knox: Forensics experts confirmed on Monday that investigators made major errors while collecting genetic evidence used against the Seattle native in trial, wearing dirty gloves, not wearing caps, and not following proper "protocols and procedures." Prosecutors had initially declared that Knox's DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife—the alleged murder weapon—and that the DNA of the victim, Meredith Kercher, was on the blade. But given that the weapon was mishandled by investigators, the risk of contamination may now override any DNA traces. "The Kercher family is very worried over this inquisitorial atmosphere around the serious job done during the investigation," said one of the defense lawyers.

July 25, 2011 12:41 PM