Amanda Knox's Conviction Overturned By Italy's Highest Court

Italy's highest court overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher.
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Amanda Knox's Conviction Overturned By Italy's Highest Court

Italy's highest court overturned both Amanda Knox's and her ex-boyfriend's guilty convictions for the 2007 death of Knox's roommate Meredith Kercher.

However, Knox's conviction for slander for accusing her former boss for the murder was upheld, for which she has already served time.

This decision came after the court decided to postpone handing down a decision on Wednesday because of the length of time it took lawyers and prosecutors to give their statements during the morning hearing.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested in Italy in 2007 shortly after Kercher's body was found with multiple stab wounds, her throat slashed and signs of sexual assault. (Video via CNN)

In 2009, the duo were convicted of murder and sexual assault in an Italian court. Knox got 26 years while Sollecito received 25. 

In 2011, the convictions for both were reversed by an appeals court, and Knox was able to return to the U.S. 

Except Italy's highest court ordered a new trial. That trial came and went last year, and the 2011 decision was overturned, upholding the 2009 guilty verdict. Knox was given 28.5 years in that verdict. (Video via BBC)

Following the ruling, Knox released a statement saying, in part, “I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy.”

Now this spells the end of Knox's legal battle. The reasoning behind the court’s ruling will be released within 90 days.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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