Kercher family: Meredith has almost been forgotten

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on October 3, 2011 at 8:27 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 3 at 8:44 AM

Meredith Kercher's family spoke publicly Monday for the first time during Amanda Knox's appeals trial.

Meredith Kercher's mother, Arline; her sister, Stephanie; and brother, Lyle held a press conference Monday in Perugia, Italy, after Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito delivered their final statements to the court.

Stephanie Kercher said Meredith has been forgotten in the publicity surrounding the trial.

"Meredith has almost been forgotten in all of it. The media photos aren't really of her," she said. "There's not a lot about what actually happened in the beginning, so it's been really difficult to keep her memory alive in all of this, which is why the whole trial is still going on in the first place, so we can find the truth, so we can find justice for her. That's why we're here today."

The Kercher family's attorney has said the family want the original guilty verdict upheld. On Monday, Kercher's mother, Arline, said all they have to go on is the evidence that's been presented, and they stood by the evidence presented in the first trial.

"What is good in the previous trial is the judge issued a 400 page document, which detailed how they go to that result, what their thinking was, why they got there. In England, you don't have that," said Kercher's mother.

Even though they said they want the original guilty verdict upheld, the Kercher family said they also believe in the court of appeals.

The Kercher family has not been in court during the appeals trial, but Kercher's mother, sister and two brothers have arrived in Perugia and plan to be in court for the verdict, expected no earlier than 11 a.m. Monday Seattle time.

 




 

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