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FLORENCE

Knox, Sollecito in 'murderous' rage in Kercher slaying

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Florence, December 16 - Amanda Knox and Raffaele
Sollecito, accused in the murder of British student Meredith
Kercher, were in the grip of a "murderous rage" fuelled by
illegal drugs and alcohol, a lawyer for the victim's family said
Monday.
Knox, Sollecito and a third person definitively convicted
of the crime, Rudy Guede, had "no inhibitions" because of the
drugs and alcohol they ingested before murdering Kercher in
November 2007, charged Vieri Fabiani.
Only later did the "fear take over" and led to false
explanations including a simulated break-in and robbery, and a
false accusation against a bar owner in Perugia, where the
murder occurred, added Fabiani.
A Florence court is trying the case against Knox and
Sollecito, who have been on trial twice before for the murder of
Kercher.
Both have said they are not guilty of the accusations.
Guede was convicted in a fast-track trial and is serving a
16-year sentence in the murder, but Italy's top appeal court
said it was unlikely he acted alone.
Knox, who is in the United States and has not returned for
this trial, and Sollecito each served two years in prison after
a lower court convicted them of murder in 2009.
An appeal court overturned those convictions in 2011 and in
March, Italy's highest court sent the case back to the appeals
stage over aspects of the evidence it argued had not been
properly examined before.
The supreme court ruled that the initial forensic evidence
had been wrongly dismissed in the acquittal and a prosecution
theory about a sex game that went wrong should be re-examined.
Kercher, 21, was found dead on the floor of an apartment
she shared with Knox on November 2, 2007.
Guede's DNA was found inside Kercher, on her clothes, and
elsewhere in the apartment.
Fabiani said that a motive for the murder was "irrelevant"
because the crime was committed while the trio were abusing
substances.
An Italian prosecutor has requested a 26-year prison term
for Knox and Sollecito for the murder, plus a further four years
for Knox for allegedly slandering bar owner Patrick Lumumba,
whom she initially implicated during tough police questioning
before later retracting, saying she had been confused.
The new trial opened in Florence in September, and a
decision is expected on January 10.

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