Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito Case Timeline
Mar 27: Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are declared innocent by Italy’s Supreme Court. The case is closed.
Jun 17: Appeal documents totalling 450 pages are filed with 24 grounds for appeal.
Apr 29: Judge Nencini releases a motivation document explaining his decision.
Jan 30: Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox are found guilty by the Florentine Court of Appeals headed by Judge Alessandro Nencini.
Jan 20: Maori closing arguments & rebuttals by all parties.
Jan 9: Bongiorno closing arguments.
Dec 17: Ghirga, Dalla Vedova closing arguments.
Dec 16: Fabiani, Perna, Maresca closing arguments.
Nov 26: Crini, Pacelli closing arguments.
Nov 25: Crini closing arguments.
Oct 31: Court-appointed experts Berni & Barti deposit their analysis of trace “i” on the kitchen knife (alleged murder weapon), attributing it to Amanda Knox, not Meredith Kercher, Rudy Guede, or Raffaele Sollecito.
Mar 26: Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox are ordered to be retried on the appeal level for the murder of Meredith Kercher by the Court of Cassation headed by Judge Saverio Chieffi.
Sep 19: Raffaele begins a series of US television interviews to promote the release of his book, Honor Bound, including interviews with Katie Couric, Anderson Cooper, and Peter Van Zant.
Sep 18: Raffaele releases his book, Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox, telling the story of his relationship with Amanda, his arrest, trials, and time in jail. The title of the book reflects his resolve to refuse to lie and betray Amanda, even if it would have made it easier on him.
Feb 17: Amanda Knox signs a deal with HarperCollins to write a memoir about her trial, conviction and acquittal for murder. The book, based in part on journals she keptwhile in prison, will give never-before heard details about her “harrowing experience” while in custody there, the publisher says. The book is scheduled to be released on April 30, 2013, and the ABC network will air a Prime Time television interview with Amanda that evening.
Feb 16: Ghirga & Dalla Vedova deposit their motivations for appeal to the Court of Cassation.
Dec 16: Judge Hellmann releases the motivation report detailing the reasons for overturning Amanda and Raffaele’s murder convictions. The report dismisses almost all evidence against them as weak, and is sharply critical of the verdict in the trial of first instance.
Oct 4: Amanda and her family leave Italy and return to her home city of Seattle, Washington. Raffaele returns to his family home in Bari, in southern Italy.
Oct 3: Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox are found innocent by the Perugian Court of Appeals headed by Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann.
Sep 7: Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann rejects a prosecution request for new DNA testing. He also turns down prosecution requests to introduce newly found records about the DNA tests and to hear a new witness. Amanda’s father, Curt, hails the rulings as “very good news for Amanda.” The hearing is adjourned until September 23.
Sep 6: Italian state police forensic expert Patrizia Stefanoni defends the methods and equipment used in DNA tests for the investigation. She says the machine used for the DNA examination was clean and rejects suggestions that Meredith Kercher’s bra clasp had been contaminated.
Sept 5: Prosecutors fighting to keep Amanda and Raffaele behind bars defend the DNA tests. As the appeal nears its end, Meredith’s sister writes a letter to the court questioning the DNA findings and to “remember the 10 000 pages of evidence”
July 25: Court-appointed experts testify that police forensic scientists involved in the murder case made a series of glaring errors during their investigation. In a point-by-point deconstruction, the experts say that because of the errors made by police during the original investigation, the evidence against Amanda and Raffaele should be considered “inadmissible.”
Jul 4: The judge in the libel case against Amanda’s parents resigns because he was involved in the trial of Amanda and Raffaele. Paolo Micheli says he will recuse himself.
Jun 29: Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti, the forensic specialists appointed by the court, deliver their opinion that DNA evidence linking Amanda and Raffaele to the murder is unreliable, and should not be used as evidence against them.
Jun 27: Rudy Guede is called to testify at Amanda and Raffaele’s appeal trial, but the judge severely limits what he can be questioned on, citing Italian law. Amanda and Raffaele are not allowed to address Rudy directly or speak until Rudy leaves the courtroom. The prosecutor reads a letter purportedly written by Guede that said that Guede thought Knox and Sollecito had killed Kercher. Amanda gives emotional testimony after Guede speaks, saying she is “shocked” at what he said. “The only time that Rudy Guede, Raffaele Sollecito and I were in one room together was in a courtroom. … He knows what the truth is. I don’t know what happened that night,” she told the court.
Feb 15: Amanda Knox’s parents are indicted for allegedly libeling police in Perugia, Amanda’s mother and the family’s attorney say. Curt Knox and Edda Mellas are accused of defaming the police in comments to the Sunday Times of London in a 2009 interview.
Jan 22: Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti, two forensic experts from Rome’s La Sapienza University, are sworn in as independent experts and will retest crucial forensic evidence used to convict Amanda and Raffaele. They will take a second look at a knife, and the clasp from Kercher’s bra, which was torn from her body during the attack. Results from the tests are expected in May.
Dec 16: Rudy Guede is definitively found guilty for the murder of Meredith Kercher by the Court of Cassation (presided over by Judge Umberto Giordano) and his 16-year sentence is confirmed.
Dec 11: Amanda Knox speaks in court for about 15 minutes and breaks down in tears. She says that she and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent and unjustly accused. “I’ve been condemned for the crime I did not commit,” Knox says, adding that court has made “a huge mistake.”
Nov 24: Amanda and Raffaele’s murder appeal begins. The hearing lasts about 15 minutes before the judge adjourns until December 11 because one of the lawyers is not present. Knox’s lawyer Luciano Ghirga tells reporters that rather than prosecutors having to prove she is guilty, “we have to prove her innocence, which is more difficult to do.”
June 1: Amanda Knox appears briefly in Italian court to face slander charges for saying that Italian police slapped her on the back of the head her during an interrogation. She said police used the threat of physical violence to intimidate and pressure her, which led her to falsely accuse Patrick Lumumba of Kercher’s murder, but officials deny these allegations
Dec: Rudy Guede is found guilty for the murder of Meredith Kercher by the Perugian Court of Appeals, headed by Judges Borsini & Belardi, and his 30-year sentence is reduced to 16 years.
Dec: Giuliano Mignini is found guilty of abuse of office in the Monster of Florence case by the Florentine Court.
Dec 6: Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox are found guilty by the Perugian Court headed by Judge Giancarlo Massei. 16 January: The trial of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox for the murder of Meredith Kercher begins by the Perugian Court headed by Judge Giancarlo Massei.
Dec 3: Rebuttals by all parties.
Dec 2: Luciano Ghirga closing arguments.
Dec 1: Carlo Dalla Vedova closing arguments.
Nov 30: Giulia Bongiorno closing arguments.
Nov 28: Luca Maori closing arguments.
Nov 27: Magnini, Aldalia Tattanelli, Carlo Pacelli, Francesco Maresca, Serena Perna closing arguments.
Oct 10: Court of Perugia Assise Request Pursuant to Art.507 Code of Criminal Procedure
Sep 26: Antonio D’Ambrosio, Sarah Gino.
Sep 25: Carlo Caltagirone, Walter Patumi questioned on their forensic analysis.
Sep 19: Giancarlo Umani Ronchi, Mariano Cingolani, Anna Aprile questioned on their forensic analysis.
Sep 18: Mauro Paggi, Francesco Vinci questioned on their forensic analysis.
Sep 14: Adriano Tagliabracci questioned on his forensic analysis.
Jul 18: Khiri Hicham, Adriano Tagliabracci.
Jul 17: Dorothy Najir, Simona Esposito, Bruno Pellero, Maurizio Taglialatela. Pellero questioned on his analysis of telephone records.
Jul 6: Carlo Torre, Sara Gino.
Jul 4: Mariano De Martino, Saverio Binetti, Corrado De Candia, Angelo Cirillo, Gabriele Traverso.
Jul 3: Francesco Pasquali, Paolo Farsi, Raffaele Argiro’, Pietro Campolongo, Riccardo Luciani. Pascali questioned on his forensic analysis of the break-in.
Jun 27: Paxton testifies about Knox’s character and drug use.
Jun 26: Paolo Brocchi, Matteo Palazzoli, Ana Chiriboga. Palazzoli testifies about Rudy Guede’s break-in to his law office.
Jun 23: Marco Marzan, Sara Boccali, Pasqualino Coletta, Lucia Salsiccioli, Carmela Occhipinti, Alessia Ceccarelli. Occhipinti testifies about the break-down of her car near Via della Pergola #7 the evening of 1 November 2007.
Jun 20: Francesco Introna.
Jun 19: Niccolini testifies about Sollecito’s character. Mellas testifies about the phone call she had with Knox the morning of 2 November 2007.
Jun 13: Amanda Knox.
Jun 12: Amanda Knox.
June 6: Stephanie Kercher, John Kercher, Arline Kercher
Jun 5: Norelli questioned on his analysis of the autopsy.
May 29: Piero Sbardella, Roberto Politi, Giuseppe Codispoti, Edgardo Giobbi.
May 23: Patrizia Stefanoni, Francesco Camana.
May 22: Patrizia Stefanoni.
May 9: Pietro Boemia, Simona Esposito, Mauro Paggi, Lorenzo Rinaldi. Rinaldi questioned on his forensic analysis on the bloody partial footprint on the bathmat and the footprints revealed by luminol in the hallway. Privitera questioned on his forensic analysis on all finger and hand prints found in Via della Pergola #7.
May 8: Maurizio Arnone, Cesare Iacuitto, Claudio Ippolito, Marco Perla, Giuseppe Privitera.
Apr 23: Alberto Initi, Claudio Cantagalli, Giola Rocci, Giunta Agatino
Apr 18: Mauro Bacci.
Apr 4: Rudy Guede, Rico Rolli, Mauro Marchionni, Vincenza Liviero.
Apr 3: Carlo Rinaldi, Luca Lalli, Patrick Lumumba.
Mar 28: Antonio Curatolo, Fabio Giofreddi, Antonio Aiello, Hekuran Kokomani.
Mar 27: Nara Capezzali, Maria Dramis, Antonella Monacchia, Giampaolo Lombardo, Francesco Tavernese, Leonardo Fazio, Antonio Galizia.
Mar 21: Jovana Popovic’, Alessandra Formica, Rosa De Calle, Marco Quintavalle, Fabrizio Angelucci. Popovic’ testifies to seeing Knox and Sollecito at Sollecito’s apartment as late as 8:40 p.m. on 1 November 2007. Quintavalle testifies to seeing Knox in his store at 7:45 a.m. on 2 November 2007.
Mar 20: Luca Fioravanti, Sonia Cieri, Simone Tacconi, Letterio Latella, Stefano Sisani.
Mar 14: Antonella Negri, Marco Trotta, Claudio Trafici, Mirko Gregori.
Mar 13: Mauro Barbadori, Daniele Moscatelli, Fabio D’Astolto, Aida Colantone, Anna Donnino, Oreste Volturno. Moscatelli testifies about the interrogation of Sollecito.
Feb 28: Monica Napoleoni, Rita Ficarra, Mauro Bigini, Lorena Zugarini, Armando Finzi, Stefano Gubbiotti.
Feb 27: Domenico Profazio, Marco Chiacchiera.
Feb 14: Laura Mezzetti, Daniele Ceppitelli, Giacomo Silenzi, Stefano Bonassi.
Feb 13: Robyn Butterworth, Sophie Purton, Nathalie Heyword, Jade Bidwell, Samantha Rodenhurst, Helen Powel. Purton testifies about Kercher’s and Knox’s relationship and Knox’s behavior after the discovery of the murder.
Feb 7: Filomena Romanelli, Michele Battistelli vs. Luca Altieri, Michele Battistelli vs. Paola Grande, Luca Altieri vs. Paola Grande.
Feb 6: Filippo Bartolozzi, Michele Battistelli, Fabio Marsi, Elisabetta Lana, Alessandro Biscarini, Fiametta Biscarini, Marco Zaroli, Luca Altieri, Paola Grande.
Jan 16: Preliminary questions, investigative requests.
Oct 28: Rudy Guede is found guilty for the murder of Meredith Kercher and is sentenced to 30 years imprisonment. Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox are ordered to stand trial for the same murder.
Oct 4: Patrizia Stefanoni testifies at the pre-trial.
Sep 9: Rudy Guede asks for a separate fast-track trial, choosing not to be tried together with Amanda and Raffaele.
Jun 19: Rudy Guede, Raffaele Sollecito, and Amanda Knox are formally indicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Jan 10: DNA on the bra clasp is leaked to the media.
Jan 7: Christian Tramontano reports to the Perugian police the break-in to his apartment that occurred on September 27th, 2007. He identifies Rudy Guede as the burglar who threatened him with a pocketknife before fleeing the scene.
Dec 18: Police return to the cottage 46 days after the murder, and find Meredith Kercher’s severed bra clasp under a pile of debris in her bedroom.
Dec 6: Rudy Guede is extradited to Italy. A vaginal swab taken from Kercher matches DNA from Guede. Guede admits to police that he had sexual relations with Kercher but says another man killed her while he was in the bathroom.
Nov 30: The Court of Reexamination rejects Amanda Knox’s appeal against Judge Claudia Matteini’s confirmation of her arrest. Amanda briefly speaks and says she is innocent and apologized for naming Patrick and the situation.
Nov 20: Rudy Guede is arrested in the German city of Mainz after traveling without a ticket on a train bound for Frankfurt. Patrick Lumumba is released after two weeks in prison when his alibi is corroborated. A Swiss professor told police that he was talking to Lumumba in his bar, Le Chic, for most of the evening. The Scientific Police collect items from Guede’s apartment.
Nov 19: A fourth suspect is named as Rudy Hermann Guede, 20, a resident of Perugia originally from the Ivory Coast. The police record a three hour Skype conversation between him and Giacomo Beneditti.
Nov 16: The police visit Rudy Guede’s apartment with Giacomo Beneditti.
Nov 15: Police report finding DNA on a kitchen knife belonging to Raffaele Sollecito, with Amanda Knox’s DNA on the handle and Meredith Kercher’s on the blade.
Nov 8: Judge Claudia Matteini oversees the separate hearings for the confirmation of the arrests of Patrick Lumumba, Raffaele Sollecito, and Amanda Knox.
Nov 6: Patrick Lumumba, Raffaele Sollecito, and Amanda Knox are arrested for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
Nov 2: Meredith Kercher’s body is discovered.
Nov 1: Meredith Kercher is murdered in her bedroom. Murder Timeline November 1
Oct 29: Rudy Guede visits Paolo Brocchi’s law office
Oct 27: Maria Del Prato finds Rudy Guede in her nursery school. She calls the police, who find Paolo Brocchi’s missing laptop computer in Guede’s backpack, in addition to a bunch of keys, a woman’s gold watch, a kitchen knife and a little hammer used for breaking glass.
Oct 25: Meredith Kercher and Amanda Knox attend a classical music concert at the University for Foreigners together where Amanda Knox meets 23-year-old computer science student Raffaele Sollecito.
Oct 21: Rudy Guede visits the cottage and watches the F1 Grand Prix with the downstairs neighbours.
Oct 13: Paolo Brocchi finds his law office in Perugia broken into and burglarized. The thief entered through a second story window by first breaking the window with a rock. The thief helped himself to soda from the refrigerator and turned the heat up to its max. A laptop and phone were stolen.
Euro-Chocolate Festival in Perugia starts and lasts for 1 week
Oct 8: Maria Del Prato finds her nursery school in Milan broken into and burglarized. The children’s nap area is disturbed as if someone had slept there.
Sep 27: Rudy Guede breaks into Christian Tremontano’s apartment in Perugia and threatens him with a pocket knife before fleeing the scene.
Sep 20: 20-year-old American student Amanda Knox moves into the upstairs apartment of Via della Pergola #7.
Sep 10: 21-year-old British student Meredith Kerhcer moves into the upstairs apartment of Via della Pergola #7.
Sep 1: 20-year-old American student Amanda Knox meets Italian legal apprentices Laura Mezzetti and Filomena Romanelli and agrees to rent a room in their upstairs apartment of Via della Pergola #7, a two-story cottage near Piazza Grimana and the University for Foreigners.
May 29: Rudy Guede possibly in Rome. A “CHAGALL DELLE MERAVIGLIE” entry ticket dated 05/29,2007 was recovered in his apartment.