Knox Court Rejects New DNA Request

    Amanda Knox looks back to greets her parents during the appeal hearing, in Perugia, Italy, Monday, June 27, 2011. The first man convicted of killing a British student in Italy is to give evidence in the appeal hearing of American Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend against their murder convictions. Ivorian Rudy Hermann Guede is serving a 16-year-prison sentence for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a British student who was stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with Knox. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)

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    An Italian appeals court has rejected prosecutors’ request for new DNA testing in the Amanda Knox case. The forensic evidence that helped to convict the American student, including a knife that reportedly has Knox’s DNA on the handle, has been thrown into serious question by independent experts during the appeal trial, and without a clear motive for the crime it is a crucial piece of the case. The move is a boon to Knox’s defense, and it clears the way for closing arguments. A verdict is expected by the end of September.

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