So much for a united front!
Facing the likelihood of decades in an Italian prison, Raffaele Sollecito is changing his story about what happened in the hours after Meredith Kercher was raped and stabbed to death in the apartment she shared with American student Amanda Knox.
In new interviews, Raffaele Sollecito is telling the media he questions Amanda Knox’s behavior the day after the murder. This comes after years of vehemently denying that either he, nor Knox, had anything to do with Kercher’s slaying.
Sollecito told an Italian TV station this week that Amanda was at his house the day Kercher died but later went home to shower. When she returned, she was noticeably agitated and claimed her front door had been broken in.
“Certainly I asked her questions. ‘Why did you take a shower?’ ‘Why did she spend so much time there?’”
In 2011, an Italian appeals court overturned Knox’s conviction, allowing the Seattle native to return to the U.S. In 2008, Knox was one of three people sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder of Kercher, a 21-year-old British student.
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.
Despite outcries that faulty DNA evidence and police misconduct played a role in the convictions of Knox and Sollecito, in January, an Italian court re-convicted both in the Kercher murder. Two judges and six jurors deliberated for 12 hours before finding Knox, 27, guilty of murder and sentencing her to nearly 29 years in prison.
Sollecito, an Italian native, was also re-convicted following the retrial. He’s expected to serve 25 years for his alleged role in the slaying.