ROME – Italy’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered a new trial in the case of Amanda Knox, the Seattle college student accused to murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.
The grisly murder sparked a media circus in Italy, with thousands of journalists and cameramen descended on the Umbrian hilltop university town of Perugia, where the crime took place. It was already headline news in Italy, where La Repubblica reported that Knox and her boyfriend Raffale Sollecito were “No longer absolved” of the crime, and Corriere della Sera said “It’s back to the beginning for Knox and Sollecito.”
The decision from the Rome court means that the case will be heard again in an appeals court in Florence, the latest dramatic turn in the high-profile case. It will be the third time the case was tried: Knox and Sollecito were both sentenced to at least 25 years behind bars in a 2009 lower court ruling in Perugia. But the conviction was overturned in 2011, and Knox and Sollecito both returned home.
But last year, Kercher’s family appealed that decision to the Supreme Court, whose decisions cannot be appealed.
Sollecito lives in Italy and can be compelled to appear in court. But it was not immediately clear what the ruling meant for Knox: opinions were split over whether she could be extradited from the U.S. for the case. She was unlikely to return voluntarily, and if she is not in Italy for the trial it could still proceed without her there.