Italy court: Knox struck mortal blow in killing

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FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox talks to reporters, in Seattle. A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, 26, was sentenced to 28 ½ years while Sollecito, 30, received 25 years. Knox has been in the United States since 2011, when an earlier appellate trial that overturned her lower court conviction. Sollecito remains in Italy. The release of the court’s reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If the high court confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox talks to reporters, in Seattle. A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, 26, was sentenced to 28 ½ years while Sollecito, 30, received 25 years. Knox has been in the United States since 2011, when an earlier appellate trial that overturned her lower court conviction. Sollecito remains in Italy. The release of the court’s reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If the high court confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox gestures during a press conference, in Seattle. A court in Florence that convicted Amanda Knox in her British roommate’s 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. Knox, 26, was sentenced to 28 ½ years while Sollecito, 30, received 25 years. Knox has been in the United States since 2011, when an earlier appellate trial that overturned her lower court conviction. Sollecito remains in Italy. The release of the court’s reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If the high court confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Raffaele Sollecito leaves after attending the final hearing before the third court verdict for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, in Florence, Italy. An Italian court that convicted Amanda Knox in her roommate’s 2007 murder says the wounds indicate multiple aggressors, and that the two exchange students fought over money the night of the murder. The appellate court in Florence on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, issued a 337-page explanation for its January guilty verdicts against the American and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. The release of the court’s reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If it confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. She has been in the United States since 2011 when her earlier conviction was overturned. British student Meredith Kercher, 21, was found dead in a pool of blood in the apartment she and Knox shared in the town of Perugia. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)

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MILAN (AP) — The Florence appeals court that reinstated the conviction against Amanda Knox in her roommate’s 2007 murder said in a lengthy reasoning made public Tuesday that Knox herself delivered the fatal blow, and that the overwhelming physical evidence precluded any need to determine a clear motive.

Presiding Judge Alessandro Nencini concluded in the 337-page document that the evidence “inevitably leads to the upholding of the criminal responsibility” against Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in a hillside villa occupied by students in Perugia, a university town.

The judge said the nature of Kercher’s wounds inflicted by two knives and the absence of defensive wounds indicated multiple aggressors were to blame, also including Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man convicted separately and serving a 16-year sentence.

Nencini presided over the panel that reinstated the guilty verdicts against Knox and Sollecito in January, handing Knox a 28 ½ year sentence including the additional conviction on a slander charge for wrongly accusing a Congolese bar owner. Sollecito faces 25 years.

The release of the court’s reasoning opens the verdict to an appeal back to the supreme Court of Cassation. If it confirms the convictions, a long extradition fight for Knox is expected. She has been in the United States since 2011, when her earlier conviction was overturned. Knox has vowed to fight the reinstated conviction and said she would “never go willingly” to Italy to face her judicial fate.

Sollecito’s lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, tore apart the reasoning, saying “from the motive, to weapon, to the DNA, it is a string of errors.”

“I can’t wait until they fix a day to hear us for the appeal, because honestly the

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