Knox and her former boyfriend and co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, had been convicted of killing and sexually assaulting her roommate Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton, back in 2009. Knox had been sentenced to 26 years and Sollecito to 25 years but both continued to claim they were not guilty.
Many have said that the pretrial media coverage tainted the original verdict. Amanda was made in to a villain by British and Italian media. Soon after the murder journalists discovered Knox’s Myspace page where she used the nickname Foxy Knoxy and allegedly wrote a short story about the drugging and rape of a woman by two brothers.
In a world where sensationalism sells this became front page news. The UK Newspaper the Daily News published pictures of a bloody bathroom where Amanda showered as the undiscovered body of her roommate lay in the next room. The Daily Mail failed to let it’s readers know that bathroom had been sprayed with a chemical which turns pink at the discovery of any protein and was not actually covered in blood visible to the naked eye. This is just one of the many rumors and half truths fed to the public in this case.
Knox’s lawyers appealed and in the appeals case, they focused largely on an independent forensic review that determined that the DNA that used to convict Knox was flawed and could have been contaminated. The court ruled that Knox was not guilty of murder stating that DNA evidence was unreliable. The ruling did convict her of lesser defamation charges after she accused club owner Patrick Lumumba of killing her roommate.
The court also cleared Knox’s co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, of murder.
She was released immediately because she had already served 4 years in prison which was enough time to cover the defamation charges she was found guilty of.