December 11, 2009

Sollecito: Amanda Knox 'incapable of killing'

Posted: 05:34 PM ET

The trial of American college student Amanda Knox, 22, is being called the 'trial of the century.'

Rome, Italy (CNN)

- The man convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher has given an interview from his Italian jail cell, insisting Amanda Knox is a "sweet girl" incapable of murder.

Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years for his role in Kercher's death, told an Italian newspaper that he was struggling to come to terms with the verdict and feared going "insane" in prison.

Asked if his former girlfriend Knox - also convicted of Kercher's murder and jailed for 26 years - was capable of killing, Sollecito told Il Messagero: "It is absurd and inadmissible. She is a very sweet girl."

Sollecito's lawyer Luca Maori, who acted as an intermediary for the newspaper, confirmed to CNN that the interview had taken place and was reported accurately.

American student Knox and Italian Sollecito were convicted last week of murdering Kercher, who was found with her throat slit in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Italian town of Perugia. Both, and another suspect found guilty in a separate trial, are appealing.

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L Nickell   December 11th, 2009 5:42 pm ET

Everyone is capable of murder! Its the human condition; not everyone acts upon this capability. Just because Amanda looks sweet and innocent doesn't mean she couldn't commit murder under the right circumstances. Funny reasoning! Let's see some evidence that will stand up in court please.

Expat American   December 11th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

The Kercher Family has shown immense strength and dignity throughout their painful ordeal.

The sensationalist U.S. media chanting the anthem that Knox is simply a “Pretty Victim All-American Girl Next Door” and “Let’s all rush to protect her, hug her and save her” is offensive.

Who is respecting the pain and struggle that the Kercher family has endured? Their young daughter is gone. She was taken from them in the most brutal way.

Please turn the page on convicted murderer Foxy Knoxy...and her underwear.

I Hate Nancy Grace   December 11th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Amanda is likely GUILTY and was properly convicted.

Raychil   December 12th, 2009 12:45 am ET

As if I'm really going to believe anything her CO-DEFENDANT says!

This interview with a convicted murderer about another convicted murderer has to be a joke because it's certainly a waste of space.

john Smith   December 12th, 2009 8:07 am ET

As is typical of American arrogant defence lawyers, Larry King cajoled them in declaring Amanda Knox innocent without them being in the court room. But then Americans don't do crime, do they? – remember the O J Simpson case when these very same defence lawyers, trotted out by the dozen, declared him innocent! But the Italians should be made aware of the fact that Americans simply don't do crime – just look at the hundreds of thousands of innocent prisoners languishing in American jails

Cocovelvet   December 12th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

I have never before heard of an interview with a convicted murderer about another convicted murderer......... whoever is behind this little game of viewing these two murderers, especially this Foxy Knoxy, as innocent, is really doing a good job of trying to convince the masses at that.

RAYCHIL, I agree with you.......

JB   December 12th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

It's not about the "sweet girl" being incapable or murder argument.

There is massive physical evidence that a drifter named Rudy Guede committed the crime. His story is that he took the victim on a date, they had consensual sexual contact, and that somebody else came in and killed her during his 10 minutes in the bathroom. Anyone who believes that or any of the prosecutor's other preposterous, made-up scenarios is an idiot.

This was a kangaroo court in modern day Europe. Nothing less.

Maureen (UK)   December 12th, 2009 6:28 pm ET

See the,
Justice for Meredith Kercher web site.

I agree Raychil and Coco !
I notice that there was no criticism of the Italian judicial system during Sollicito's interview with the Italian newspaper, Il Messagero ?!

Maureen (UK)   December 12th, 2009 7:39 pm ET

Season's greetings to you.

Vee   December 12th, 2009 9:03 pm ET

I really wish the slanted media would give us a rest from reporting every twitch and whimper Murdering Amanda and her Italian co- psychopath make. I am sick of them both! Can we please concentrate on the real victim Meredith for a change?

Gerald Jolly   December 12th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

@ Vee, Maureen, nobody grieves the death of Meridith Kercher anymore than I do.

I believe sincerely that Guide, was the only person responsible for her death.

I admire the comments Ms. Kerchers brother made about how his family is dealing with her death.

I also admire him for saying, that in his heart he could not accept that anyone was guilty except for the man that was convicted "GUIDE"

There is a statement that tells us that a few days after the killing of Ms. Kercher, Amanda was seen washing her bloody clothing in a washing machine.

It has been clearly stated that Guide dragged Meridith around the small apartment while she tried to fend him off before he killed her, so would'nt it be possible that while he searched through the apartment, went through the drawers to find the rent money, that he bloodied some of Amandas clothes.

One other question that has never been brought up, was the fact that this break in was not the first time Guide's committed that kind of crime, the police even said that this was Guide's M.O. and that is how they were able to track him down.

The stories the prosecutor leaked to the press was that it was a ritual killing, then he changed that and said it was a sex slaying, then they finally said that Guide broke into the apartment to steal the rent money.

How did Guide know that there was rent money in the apartment, who told him??

If you say it was Amanda or her boyfriend,that told him, think about it, why would anyone tell a well known small time criminal that there was rent money in the apartment and it would be easy to steal.

It has been well documented and admitted too, that Guide assumed that no one would be in the apartment on the night of the crime.
Dont you think that it makes a very flimsy reason for saying that the killing was a ritual killing or a sex killing. "IT JUST DOES'NT ADD UP"

Why did Guide in his original confession state that he had only met Amanda for a brief few minutes a month or more before the killing, that hardly makes much sense that after a very brief meeting a month and a half earlier that the three of them would embark on a ritual or sex killing.


No matter how you try to analyse this case there are just to many holes in the prosecutors case to make any of his comments plausible.

Maureen, my apology, and I wish you season greetings as well.

I know that I have been less than a gentleman when posting about this travesty on behalf of both of these young women.

But having practiced law "NOT CRIMINAL" but Litigation Law" I can truly and sincerely say that the behavior of the Prosecutor, Guiliano Mignini is way beyond the ethics of jurist prudence.

That is why I so vehemently defend Amanda Knox.

Gerald Jolly   December 13th, 2009 6:03 pm ET

@ CKELLY, very well explained.


I share your feelings 100%

Maureen (UK)   December 13th, 2009 8:47 pm ET

Gerald – Thanks.

(I am reposting this comment as my initial comment is awaiting moderation).

Don't know if you've come across these articles but it's really suspicious when the defendant keeps changing their story.

Also, how did Meredith Kercher's DNA get onto the knife (said to be the murder weapon), which was found in Sollicito's apartment ?

Maureen (UK)   December 13th, 2009 8:52 pm ET


According to alleged leaks of her prison diary, Knox was similarly determined to maintain her innocence – and may have been preparing to blame her ex-boyfriend.

"I think it is possible Raffaele went to Meredith's house, raped her, then killed her and then when when he got home, while I was sleeping, he pressed my fingerprints on the knife "
Alleged extract from Knox's diary

Gerald Jolly   December 13th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

Maureen U.K., here is the problem.

For every negative statement, another pops up positive.

My problem is that regardless of the pro/con of this terrible event, the one thing that remains constent is the statements made by Guiliano Mignini the prosecutor that have been changed at least three times since the arrest of Amanda and Raffaelle.

Coming from the U.K you know that in the courts in the U.K. Canada, and the U.S. all of which derive their methods of procedural law from England, one would never hear of the prosecutor making any comments to the press, because they save that for the courtroom in the judges presence.
It is considered the only ethical way to insure a fair trial for the defendant.

ckelly   December 14th, 2009 3:20 am ET

I am going to recognize, and point out a consistent problem on the LKL Blog.

I have experienced this problem as a commenter on LKL blogs, and perhaps my observations can be extended to CNN blogs in general.

There are staff on CNN blogs, who for their own personal reasons and agenda-DECIDE what is acceptable and what is not acceptable-

Its not based on good faith and open discussion. The rules relating to omitting comments, or not allowing comments are not consistent.

The reasons for omission seem to be based on an agenda, specifically, an an agenda which is not in favor of open general discussion or community based dialogue,

but is corporate based.

It has nothing to do with "offense" (in the general, public sense of the word) but seems to be media manipulated.

It is about what ever, and who ever sells a predominant idea-a favorable concept-politicians., government services, and global media people...

-Maureen (UK): We know that you-"Her royal majesty" of Michael Jackson's recent sad and incredibly successful story, is one of those people.

We all know that Britain is going the way of a bad version of an Orwellian flick.

It bother's me that this blog has become incredibly "high-school"-no different thought allowed-We on CNN have all the answers!!! You fools!

ckelly   December 14th, 2009 3:23 am ET

@ Maureen:

Do You feel "GOOD" about your link?:

Yeah-just the crap I am talking about-grow up and get an education.


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