Despite a distinct lack of hard evidence, Seattle native Amanda Knox, 21, will stand trial for the murder of her study abroad roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy. Yesterday, after 12 hours of deliberation, Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher's murder, and sentenced to 30 years in prison. Guede was tried separately from Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who also stands accused of Kercher's death, because Guede and his lawyers feared that Knox and Sollecito would conspire against him.If you'll recall, Guede had the most damning evidence against him, as his bloody handprint was found beneath Kercher's dead body. If Guede has been convicted, why are Knox and Sollecito still being brought up on charges? According to Time, "Knox's sexual history has been widely reported, with prosecutors linking her past to their allegation that the victim was forced into an orgy. (Even last week, Italy's leading daily Corriere della Sera reported that Knox had to fend off lesbian advances of a fellow prisoner.)" In addition, prosecutors believe that Knox and Sollecito held Kercher down while Guede attempted to rape her. Besides Knox's "slutty" past and some circumstantial evidence (like Knox's DNA found on the knife that killed Kercher — a kitchen knife from their shared apartment that Knox would have used for cooking), there is no clear reason why prosecutors have stumbled on this particular series of events as the explanation for Kercher's death. Meredith Kercher's poor family is mildly heartened by Guede's conviction. "It's important to remember that at the end of day we're here because our sister Meredith was murdered. 'Pleased' is not the appropriate word, 'satisfied' is the best we can say," Meredith's brother Lyle told reporters. When Amanda Knox heard she would be standing trial for Kercher's murder, she burst into tears. For now, her lawyers are trying to get Knox out of the Italian prison where she's been held for the past year and into a hostel run by a Catholic charity. If she's found innocent, as at this point is truly seems she is, I hope Knox gets a boatload of money to write a memoir about this surreal and awful period of her life. 'Foxy' Amanda Knox to Stand Trial in Italy Murder [Time] The Accused [Radar] Meredith Kercher's Family 'Satisfied' After Drifter Rudy Guede Is Jailed For 30 years [Telegraph] Earlier: Murder Suspect Amanda Knox Accused Of Satanic Orgy Plot
IMO, Jezebel is being a little misleading, there is more evidence (though not of the forensic kind) against her and her boyfriend.
Aside from the fact that Knox and Sollecito lied and changed their story to the police many times, there are cell phone records between the two of them up until the estimated time of the murder, at that point they turned them off.
Also since the phones were on, due to GPS tracking, they know Knox and her BF were right at the house before the murder went down. Though Knox and the BF lie d and said they were elsewhere.
Additionally, the Guede person fits into this because they also called him, hence they are his connection to the victim and its presumed they invited him over.
Additionally, when caught in the lie, Amanda admitted to being there (at her house but went to sleep and doesn't know anything). Considering the extremely violent way Kercher was murdered, that is a lie; surely she heard the poor girl's cries of pain (if she wasn't the one causing them in the first place.)