Amanda Knox’s new trial in Italy opened on Monday morning, although neither Knox nor her co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, are expected to make an appearance. The Tuscan appeals court is expected to focus Monday on technical issues. Patrick Lumumba, the bartender whom Knox falsely accused of murder, did come to the court, calling himself the “second victim” of the case. He has already won a defamation suit against Knox. Knox and Sollecito were convicted of the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, only to have the convictions thrown out in 2011 after a court in Perugia disputed the handling of forensic evidence. A third man, Rudy Guede, was found guilty in a separate, fast-track trial.
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