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Meredith death 'unlawful killing'

Meredith Kercher was found dead in Italy in November 2007 Credit: ITV News

A coroner has concluded that Meredith Kercher was unlawfully killed, more than six years after her murder in Italy.

In a brief hearing at Croydon Coroner's Court in south London, coroner Dr Roy Palmer said the exchange student died from stab wounds to her neck.

Meredith was found dead in Perugia, Italy in November 2007.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were found guilty of murder in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months while Sollecito was jailed for 25 years. They were later cleared of murder.

In January they had their guilty verdicts reinstated at Italy's highest court for the murder of the Leeds University student.

The pair have always denied murder.

Rudy Guede, a drug dealer, is serving a 16-year sentence over the death, though the courts have said he did not act alone.

Judge 'suffered over Amanda Knox verdict'

The judge who presided over Amanda Knox's second murder conviction said he suffered over the verdict but that he and the jury agreed about her guilt in the death of British student Meredith Kercher.

Judge Alessandro Nencini reads the verdict Credit: REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Judge Alessandro Nencini told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera the jury had come up with a motive that would be explained in the written explanation of the verdict, expected within three months.

He hinted at the conclusion, saying that up until 8:15pm on the night of the murder, Miss Knox and her now ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had other plans but that something changed.

He told Corriere: "If Amanda had gone to work, probably we wouldn't be here."


White House declines to comment on Knox extradition

A White House official has declined to comment when pressed on the possible extradition of Amanda Knox to Italy.

The White House has referred questions to the Department of Justice. Credit: ABC News

A spokesman said: "This is a matter, as I understand it from my reading of the press, is still in a legal proceeding.

"For questions about that issue, I would refer you, as a broad principle as opposed to a matter that is still in a legal process, I would refer you to the State Department and the Department of Justice."

Sollecito: Guilty verdict was 'completely unexpected'

Rafaelle Sollecito, 29, pictured in an interview with NBC News. Credit: NBC News

The former boyfriend of Amanda Knox has told NBC News that he "didn't expect" last night's Italian court verdict which found the pair guilty of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Rafaelle Sollecito told the American news channel: "The first thing that came to my mind was to wait for the reasons of this verdict.

"I don't want to comment anything about that. It was completely unexpected, at least by me. But I will look into the reasons of it."

John Kercher: Knox is 'not covered by double jeopardy'

Meredith Kercher was killed in 2007. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

John Kercher, whose daughter Meredith was killed in 2007, told ITV News that there is nothing to celebrate today: "You don't celebrate guilty - you celebrate closure and we still don't have that.

"That's all we want. We want it to end. It's been over six years and we still have another judicial process ahead now."

He added that the American media were jumping to conclusions when they say Amanda Knox could escape extradition under the double jeopardy law."They have not been tried twice so double jeopardy should not come into this."There has only been one actual trial. This was an appeal being re-done.

"Now they can take this to the Supreme Court... to say they have been tried for the same crime twice is not right."


Amanda Knox 'didn't expect guilty verdict'

Amanda Knox says she is not prepared to extradited.

Speaking to ABC in America she described her shock at the guilty verdict.

Asked if she was ready to be extradited, Knox said: "I'm not. Before that even happens we have to go the Supreme Court, we have to understand the motivation behind what's happened, so I don't even know what their motivation could be. This really has hit me like a train.

"I really did not expect this to happen. I expected better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before, how can they say it's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt."

Amanda Knox: Guilty verdict 'is wrong'

Amanda Knox has spoken for the first time since she was again found guilty of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher.

Speaking to ABC in America she described how she had found out the news.

"My first reaction was, no, this is wrong and I am going to do everything I can to prove that it is. I felt very determined and my family felt very determined.

"But it was only on my way here [to the studio] that I had my first cry."

Amanda Knox speaking after her guilty verdict. Credit: ABC
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