As part of his defense strategy to distance himself from Amanda Knox Raffaele Sollecito claimed in a press conference in Rome yesterday that evidence proves that Knox was not with him at his home at the determined time of Meredith Kercher’s death.
SMS evidence indicates that on the fateful night of November 1st, 2007, Amanda Knox sent a text message to Patrice Lumumba, her then boss, to say that she would not be going to work at his bar that night. Knox claimed that she was with Sollecito all night, and had sent the text from Sollecito’s home, but it appears that the text was not sent from his home, and computer records indicate that Sollecito was at his home until at least 9:26pm. Knox’s and Sollecito’s defense claim that Kercher’s murder occurred sometime between 9 and 9:30pm.
In the January 2014 appeal (the appeal of the appeal) that found Knox and Sollecito guilty again judges noted in their lengthy report that Knox had lied about her whereabouts when she sent the text, and Sollecito did initally support her alibi, while claiming to be foggy about the exact details of the early part of the evening because they had been using cannabis. He said “She gave me an alibi. I had nothing to do with it.” Sollecito’s lawyer Giulia Bongiorno added “This text message, according to the court’s own ruling, was not sent from his house. Therefore the pair were not together.”
Despite distancing himself from her Sollecito did say “I always believed, and still believe, that Amanda Marie Knox is innocent.”
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