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Amanda Knox's Appeal Resumes In Italy

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) - The appeals case of Amanda Knox, the American student convicted of killing her British roommate, resumed Monday with lawyers questioning independent experts who cast doubt on the evidence used in the first trial.

The 24-year-old from Seattle who has been behind bars since the November 2007 murder was in the Perugia courtroom, as was her co-defendant and onetime boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

The appeals trial picked up where it left off before the summer recess in late July: with questioning of independent experts who have reviewed the collection and analysis of DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito.

The two were convicted in Dec. 2009 of sexually assaulting and killing Meredith Kercher in the apartment Knox and the 21-year-old Briton shared while studying in Perugia. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison; Sollecito to 25.

Both deny wrongdoing, and have appealed.

The argument centers on DNA evidence found on a knife at the crime scene; the victim's DNA on the blade, and Knox's on the handle. The traces were so minimal that forensic experts now say they were unreliable at the time of conviction, and too small to be re-examined now.

Knox's lawyers argue that other evidence - including DNA on a bra strap clasp - was mishandled by police, and is thus unreliable as well.

For Kercher's family, uncertainty over who killed the young woman makes coming to terms with her death - even four years after the murder - even more difficult.

"It is extremely difficult to understand how evidence gathered with care and presented as valid at the original trial now risks becoming irrelevant," Meredith's sister Stephanie wrote in a letter to the court.

Stephanie Kercher issued the letter asking the appeals court to assess "every single (piece) of evidence" so that justice can be done.

"My sister, a daughter brutally and selfishly taken from us nearing 4 years ago — and yet a not a single day goes by that we can grasp any peace or closure," she wrote.

The hearings will continue through the week, with the parties expected to sum up their cases. After rebuttals later in September, an appeals verdict is expected by month-end.

Knox's defense received a boost after the independent experts questioned much of the evidence that was collected in the original investigation, saying procedures to obtain it fell below international standards and may have led to contamination. They especially focused on some traces of DNA linking the defendants to the crime, and concluded that due to the risk of contamination and the low amounts of DNA used for the testing it was impossible to extract a genetic profile with any certainty.

"There were aspects of the case that needed to be addressed, they were addressed, and now there's nothing left of the case," Knox's stepfather, Chris Mellas, told the AP. >>>CLICKS HERE TO READ MORE

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