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New Kercher trial could start before summer

Judicial sources expect case to return to court quickly

New Kercher trial could start before summer

(see related stories) Florence, March 26 - The new appeals trial into the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher could start before the summer, Italian judicial sources said Tuesday. Italy's supreme Court of Cassation has ordered a new trial, which will take place in Florence, after it quashed Amanda Knox's and Raffaele Sollecito's acquittals by Perugia's appeals court in 2011. At the original trial in 2009 Knox and Sollecito were handed 26-year and 25-year sentences respectively. The judicial sources said the starting date of the new trial will depend on the Florence court's hearings schedule and the length of the trials currently taking place. But they said the case should return to court relatively quickly, which means it could start before the summer.

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