Amanda Knox has been ordered to stand trial again for the fatal stabbing of her British roommate. The order was handed down by Italy’s top appeal court on Tuesday, but there seems to be little the country can do to force her to return for the new hearings.
In 2011, an Italian appeals court overturned Knox’s conviction, allowing the Seattle native to return to the U.S. Knox was one of three people sentenced to 26 years in prison for the 2007 murder of her college roommate, 21-year-old Brit Meredith Kercher. The young women shared a home together in the Central Italy town of Perugia, where both were studying abroad. Prosecutors surmised that Knox helped kill Kercher after an attempted tryst went awry.
The sexual brutality of the crime and Knox’s baby-faced looks helped make the case the subject of international press and a Lifetime made-for-TV movie starring Hayden Panettiere. Knox has slammed prosecutors’ decision to overturn the acquittals of both she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was also charged with Kercher’s murder.
“It was painful to receive the news that the Italian Supreme Court decided to send my case back for revision when the prosecution’s theory of my involvement in Meredith’s murder has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair. I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele’s sake, my sake and most especially for the sake of Meredith’s family. Our hearts go out to them.”