Italian Judge Rules American to Stay Jail Pending Trial in a Murder
An Italian judge ruled Wednesday that an American college student and her former Italian boyfriend will remain in jail while awaiting trial in the killing of the woman's British apartment mate, lawyers said.
Judge Paolo Micheli rejected requests by the defense to grant house arrest to both Amanda Knox, a student from Seattle, and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Micheli indicted the two suspects Tuesday on charges of murder and sexual violence in the killing of Meredith Kercher, 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher. She was found stabbed in the neck last Nov. 2 in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia.
Knox and Sollecito have denied the charges.
Defense lawyers had proposed Knox be held at a community for recovering drug addicts and young offenders run by a Roman Catholic charity near Perugia but persecutors argued she will flee, the Chicago Tribune reported.
"We would take anything to get her out of prison," Knox's father, Curt, told The Associated Press by telephone.
The lawyer for Kercher's family, Francesco Maresca, said the judge turned down a request for bail.
Knox and Sollecito have been in custody for almost a year. Their trial is scheduled to start Dec. 4.
Source: Chicago Tribune