Amanda Knox of Seattle was acquitted of murdering her British roommate in Perugia, Italy, one year ago Wednesday.
Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito were freed on appeal Oct. 3, 2011, in the murder of Meredith Kercher, who was killed in November 2007 after the court overturned their 2009 convictions. Knox had been sentenced to 26 years in prison. Sollecito received 25 years.
Rudy Hermann Guede, a small-time drug dealer and drifter, was convicted in a separate fast-track procedure and saw his sentence cut to 16 years in his final appeal. Lawyers for Knox and Sollecito believe Guede was the sole killer, but the prosecution and a lawyer for the Kercher family say that bruises and a lack of defensive wounds on Kercher's body prove that there was more than one aggressor holding her into submission.
Over the course of the appeals trial, the defendants' positions significantly improved, mainly because a court-ordered independent review cast serious doubts over the main DNA evidence linking the two to the crime. The review was crucial in the case because no motive emerged and witness testimony was contradictory.
Sollecito was in Seattle last week to visit Knox and to promote a book about his experience.
Story compiled by KING5's Travis Pittman included content from the Associated Press