Knox aquittal overturned, new trial ordered
Web Producer: Sara Wright
ROME (KGUN9/AP) - She wsa convicted of a brutal murder, and spent years in jail, before a court set her free. Turns out, her ordeal isn't over yet.
Overnight, Italy's highest criminal court overturned the acquittal of Amanda Knox and ordered a new trial.
The Court of Cassation ruled Tuesday that an appeals court in Florence must re-hear the case against the American and her Italian-ex-boyfriend for the murder of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.
Kercher's body was found in November 2007 in her bedroom of the house she shared with Knox and other roommates in Perugia, an Italian university town where the two women were exchange students. Her throat had been slashed.
Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito denied wrongdoing. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the slaying in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.
Knox issued a statement, saying, "It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision."
Her defense attorney, Carlo Dalla Vedova, spoke this morning. "She is shocked, she is very sad. She thought this was the end of a nightmare, and, but she is also very strong, in the sense that she is willing to fight again."
Knox is currently back in school in Seattle. She will not return to Italy for the trial. It's expected to being in 2015.