Amanda Knox Trial Timeline
Important dates relating to the murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy and the investigation involving Amanda Knox, then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Rudy Hermann Guede.
Nov. 2, 2007— Meredith Kercher’s body discovered in Perugia, Italy apartment—the residence she shared with Amanda Knox.
Nov. 6, 2007— Knox is arrested along with then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and a local pub owner from Africa, Diya "Patrick" Lumumba.
Nov. 20, 2007—Lumumba is exonerated and released from jail due a lack of evidence while Interpol finally arrests Rudy Hermann Guede in Germany after an international search.
Dec. 6, 2007—After insisting he’d been present in Kercher's room but was innocent, Guede is extradited to Italy and thrown behind bars.
Dec. 14, 2007—Kercher is buried in private London ceremony.
Sept. 16, 2008—Knox and Guede attend a preliminary hearing to determine whether they and the two other suspects will be put on trial.
Oct. 28, 2008—An Italian judge orders that Sollecito stand trial on the charges of murder and sexual assault. Guede is convicted on both charges and sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Jan. 16, 2009—The Knox and Sollecito trials for murder of Meredith Kercher begin in Perugia, Italy.
June 6, 2009— Kercher’s mother testifies. Defense attorneys declined to question the Kerchers.
June 12, 2009—Knox testifies that she is deeply upset over Kercher’s death, claims that police beat her until she made false statements, and offered an alibi.
Nov. 18, 2009—An appeal trial for Guede begins. Guede claims he overheard an argument between Knox and Kercher before Kercher was murdered.
Dec. 4, 2009—Knox is convicted by a jury of murdering Kercher and is sentenced to 26 years in jail. Sollecito is also convicted and sentenced to 25 years.