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Knox, Sollecito won't attend appeals verdict

Ex-couple waiting for outcome in two different countries

Knox, Sollecito won't attend appeals verdict

(By Kate Carlisle) Perugia, March 21 - Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, who were acquitted in a notorious 2007 murder case in the Umbrian city of Perugia, are waiting for the verdict Italy's top appeals court is to announce on Monday. The two will be watching from different countries - Knox in the US and Sollecito in Italy from the northern town of Verona. Prosecutors are challenging a lower court's acquittal of Knox and her former Italian boyfriend Sollecito, charged in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, 21, on November 2, 2007. A third man, Rudy Guede, was sentenced to 16 years in prison in the case. Knox and Sollecito were originally convicted of the murder in December 2009 and were respectively sentenced to 26 and 25 years in prison. However, two years later their guilty verdicts were overturned. The victim's family is also participating in the appeal. Sollecito is currently working on a university-studies related project involving the application of robotics to medical surgery in Verona. Knox will likely be waiting for the outcome of the sentence in her home in the northwestern state of Seattle. After having finished his university studies and graduated in jail prior to being released, Sollecito went on to specialize in information technology engineering at the University of Verona, his father Francesco Sollecito told ANSA. "He is currently working on a project which involves the practical application of his studies," Sollecito senior said. "It relates to the concrete application that permits the movement of instruments during surgery". Last year, Sollecito published a book on the trial and his imprisonment called 'Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox'. It tells of the then 23-year-old Italian's brief relationship with the American student dubbed Foxy Knoxy by the American press due to her enigmatic behaviour and their fight to defend their innocence. In his book Sollecito criticises the Italian police for the manner in which they carried out their investigations but admits that his behaviour and that of Amanda following the murder had been sufficiently "odd" to raise suspicion. Knox, who now lives in her native Seattle, sold the rights for a planned memoir on her conviction and acquittal to HarperCollins for around $4 million, the New York Times reported last year. Kercher, a 21-year-old London-born Leeds University student, was found dead and with stab wounds to her throat in the apartment she shared with Knox. Interest in the tragic and bizarre case lead to the production of the film 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy', first screened in the US in 2011 amid strong opposition from the the victims' and defendants' families and lawyers. A book by journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau who covered the trial closely, 'Angel Face: Sex, Murder and the Inside Story of Amanda Knox,' was published in 2010.

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