Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Rudy Guede has always denied killing the 21-year-old British student, who was found stabbed to death in 2007.

Meredith Kercher
Meredith Kercher was killed in 2007
A man convicted of killing British student Meredith Kercher has filed a request to have his murder conviction overturned.
Lawyers for Rudy Guede, who is serving 16 years in an Italian prison, have said he is innocent and are seeking a new trial. 
The body of 21-year-old Ms Kercher, from Surrey, was found in 2007 in Perugia in Italy, where she was sharing an apartment with American student Amanda Knox. 
She had been stabbed to death.
Rudy Hermann Guede
Rudy Hermann Guede is serving 16 years for murder
Guede, from the Ivory Coast, has always denied killing her and haspreviously claimed she tried to tell him something before she died.
Ms Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were also arrested for the crime. 
The pair were convicted and sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively in 2009.
However, two years later, the couple - who have always insisted their innocence - were acquitted.
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito
But a hearing in January 2014, reinstated their convictions only for Italy's highest criminal court to overturn the verdicts again in March last year. 
The court said there was an "absolute lack of biological traces" of either of them in Ms Kercher's room.
Guede's conviction in 2008, ruled he committed homicide "acting with others", but he is the only one to be definitively convicted of the murder.
It is unclear if a new trial could be granted since he has exhausted his appeals.