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Evidence faulted in American’s conviction

Associated Press / July 26, 2011

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PERUGIA, Italy - The investigators who collected the genetic evidence used to convict American student Amanda Knox of murder in Italy made a series of glaring errors, including using a dirty glove and not wearing caps, two independent forensic experts said yesterday.

The experts had been appointed by an Italian appeals court to review the DNA evidence used in Knox’s trial, including some found on a kitchen knife believed to be the murder weapon and some found on the clasp of the victim’s bra.

That evidence played a crucial role in securing the convictions of Knox and her codefendant Raffaele Sollecito in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a Briton who shared an apartment with Knox while they were both exchange students in Perugia.

Knox, 24, and Sollecito, 27, have denied wrongdoing and have appealed.

The evidence review was granted at the request of their defense teams.

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