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Amanda Knox Retrial Latest News: Court Hears Final Rebuttals

First Posted: Jan 21, 2014 01:58 PM EST

It looks like Foxy Knoxy will have one more chance to prove her innocence, as prosecutors in her retrial in Italy are ready the final rebuttals from the defense before the case goes to the judges for decision.

According to The Daily Beast, this is the fourth trial that the Seattle native and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are facing for their role in the brutal murder of British exchange student Merideth Kercher. Ivory Coast resident Rudy Guede was already convicted for his role in the murder, and is serving 16 years.

The appellate court will render its decision on Jan. 30, after which the verdict needs to be upheld by the Italian high court before it can be entered and considered a valid verdict.

And, according to NBC News, the fact that Knox is still in America doesn't mean that the Italian government can't get a hold of her and force her to serve her sentence. In fact, the prosecutor in huge case has already taken extra measures to make sure that the sentence is not only carried out, but that both Knox and Sollecito are forced to serve their sentences if they are convicted.

“'The situation is unusual,' Crini told an AP reporter outside the court session. 'Usually if someone is convicted of murder, they are already in custody.' Crini also demanded guilty verdicts and prison sentences of 26 years for both defendants, and requested Knox’s sentence for a slander conviction be increased from three years to six years. Knox, 26, and Sollecito, 29, have always denied any role in the 2007 murder of Kercher, who was found with more than 40 wounds, including a deep gash in the throat," reports NBC News.

Still, this is yet another chapter in a legal saga that doesn't seem to ever end, and whose believable factor is questionable on both sides. Nevertheless, there is still no closure for the Kercher family, who has yet to find the closure that they deserve after their daughter's brutal, senseless, and unprovoked murder.

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