Lawyer lambasts 'she-devil' Knox in Italy murder appeal

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Lawyer lambasts 'she-devil' Knox in Italy murder appeal

Lawyer lambasts 'she-devil' Knox in Italy murder appeal
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An Italian court is in the final stages of an appeal by US student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito against their convictions for murdering another student.

Prosecutors have asked for their sentences to be increased to life.

On Monday the lawyer for a man falsely accused by the American student of killing her roommate told the court that Knox could play the role of a saint, but that she was a “she-devil” at heart.

Knox later retracted the accusation against bar owner Patrick Lumumba, saying she had incriminated him under pressure from police.

Two years ago Knox and Sollecito were jailed for 26 and 25 years respectively for killing Briton Meredith Kercher. She had been stabbed in what was described as a violent sex game.

Monday has been the turn of her family’s lawyers to address the hearing. Knox and Sollecito, who deny any wrongdoing, have spent almost a year appealing.

Prosecutors have defended the original evidence from the trial after independent experts questioned the reliability of DNA tests.

They have urged the appeal jury to remember Meredith Kercher’s family, who say the victim has been forgotten amid a media campaign to free the convicted killers.

It is nearly four years since the murder in Perugia that gripped Italy, the US and Britain.

Kercher had been sharing a flat with Knox while on a student exchange year.

A third person, Rudy Guede who is originally from the Ivory Coast, is also serving a long sentence for the murder. He was convicted in a separate trial having asked for a special fast-track procedure.