Boise State professor and international DNA expert hopes Knox acquittal will stand
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In October 2011 Seattle native Amanda Knox walked out of an Italian courtroom a free woman.
The convictions of Knox and then boyfriend Rafaelle Sollecito for the murder of Knox's British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007 were overturned on appeal.
Knox's defense team called on Boise State genetics professor and DNA expert, Greg Hampikian to assist its case.
During Knox's appellate trial in Perugia, Hampikian testified prosecutors had no solid DNA evidence to link Knox and Sollecito to Kercher's murder stating the DNA the prosecution's case hinged on was contaminated.
"The DNA was discredited not just by us at Boise State, but by two independent Italian experts that was the judge's choice," Hampikian said. "The prosecutors don't understand the science and never did. It's really hard to figure out why they would beat this dead horse."
Monday prosecutiors in Perugia spent hours demanding knox's acquittal be tossed out.
Knox is now back home in Seattle currently attending the University of Washington.
On Tuesday, a judge will decide whether to grant prosecutors a new trial. If he does, Italy could request Knox's extraditon. But, the United States does not have to go along with the request.
In his lab on the BSU campus Dr. Hampikian hopes things don't get that far.
"Here's a young student's life that's been derailed," Hampikian said. "So, let's just finish it up and let her move on, that would be nice."
The judge is expected to rule Tuesday at 3 a.m. Boise time.
Hampikian says if needed, he will gladly testify again on Knox's behalf. The scientist is confident both Knox and Sollecito have science on their side.