Does this new footage of Amanda Knox prove she was at her home the night of the murder?
Like many people, I really want to believe that Knox is not guilty of partaking in the brutal murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy back in 2007. I like to think the best of people and Knox just comes off so harmless and sweet. But the Italian courts clearly think differently.
After spending four years in an Italian prison, Knox was acquitted by an appeals court. Earlier this year, after she returned to her hometown of Seattle, she was convicted of the murder in a second trial. But she is currently on American soil, avoiding more prison time by avoiding Italy. A smart move, especially if she is innocent.
But one has wonder whether or not she was actually involved, now that this new video was made public.
Amanda Knox had said that she was not at her apartment when the murder occurred. Her alibi was that she was at her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito's home (he was also accused of the murder). But new surveillance video shows what looks to be Knox nearing her home on the day of the murder. Meredith Kercher was also spotted on the tape walking by about two minutes earlier.
While the existence of this footage may be new to the public, both the prosecutors and defense lawyers knew about it but opted to not use it in the trial. Evidently neither side thought it would be of use. It could be that she was just near her apartment, but she may not have gone there. While this piece of evidence may not look good, and it hasn't been proven that it's actually her, it doesn't prove murder. One thing that it does prove is that this case is not forgotten.
This comes on the heels of an interview that CNN did with Knox in response to the Italian court releasing an explanation of her conviction. Knox has maintained her innocence saying, "I did not kill my friend. I did not wield a knife. I had no reason to."
She continued, "If I were there, I would have traces of Meredith's broken body on me. And I would have left traces of myself around -- around Meredith's corpse. And I -- I am not there. And that proves my innocence."
But the footage may bring that "I am not there" statement into question.
Do you think this footage should have been used in the trial and sheds more light onto her guilt or innocence?
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