Kercher murder retrial for Knox

The retrial of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito over the murder of London student Meredith Kercher will start today.

Knox retrial begins in Italy

The retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, over the murder of London student Mereditch Kercher has opened in Italy. The 21-year-old was found dead in her flat in Perguia in 2007. Knox and Sollecito were found guilty and jailed two years later - but freed on appeal in 2011.

NBC's Keith Miller is at the trial in Florence and sent this report from the first day in court.

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Kercher family urge Knox to stay away from grave

The family of murdered Meredith Kercher have sent a veiled request to Amanda Knox not to visit the British student's grave, as the American prepares to face a retrial.

Meredith Kercher was found dead in November 2007 in her bedroom in Italy.

Watch: Amanda Knox tells Daybreak she would take lie detector test

Knox, who was found guilty of murder in 2009 but was later acquitted in 2011, told ITV's Daybreak it would be "closure" if the Kercher's family took her to the grave.

However, a family statement released yesterday said: "It took us as a family nearly five years to even begin to feel ready to lay Mez to rest and it is still extremely painful now.

"However, she now has a place near to us that we and her friends can visit to take flowers and spend timeā€¦her grave is now her safe place to sleep in peace and be with us and we hope that is respected by all."

Watch: Sollecito claims he and Knox are 'victims'

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Knox retrial over Kercher murder to begin in Italy

The retrial of Amanda Knox over the murder of British student Meredith Kercher will start today.

Amanda Knox was acquitted on appeal in 2011. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Watch: Amanda Knox tells Daybreak she would take lie detector test

The American and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murder in 2009 but were acquitted on appeal two years later.

Ms Knox, who will not be in court for the retrial, spent four years in prison before her acquittal and has always maintained her innocence in the case.

Italy's Supreme Court ordered a retrial after criticising the appeals court for dismissing DNA evidence.

Watch: Sollecito claims he and Knox are 'victims'