Amanda Knox broke up with Raffaele Sollecito ‘because he undermined alibi’
Amanda Knox broke up with her Italian boyfriend and co-accused in the Meredith Kercher murder case because he undermined her alibi for the night of the killing, she has revealed.
The fact that Mr Sollecito undermined Miss Knox’s alibi had been a tremendous shock Photo: AP/Stefano Medici
By Nick Squires, Rome6:09PM BST 15 May 2013
Miss Knox has always maintained that she was watching a DVD and having sex with her then boyfriend, computer studies graduate Raffaele Sollecito, on the night that Miss Kercher was murdered.
But he told prosecutors at the time that he could not remember whether she was with him in his apartment that night, throwing her alibi into doubt and increasing the suspicions of police.
The fact that Mr Sollecito undermined her alibi had been a tremendous shock, Miss Knox said in an interview with Oggi, an Italian weekly magazine.
“It was a shock for me. A shock that, combined with the fact that after they put us in prison we couldn’t communicate for a while, ended my feelings for him. In jail I had to concentrate on surviving, I had to put love and romance aside,” Miss Knox, 25, said.
The interview is the most recent in a series of media appearances Miss Knox has made since her memoir, Waiting to be Heard, was published on April 30.
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She and Mr Sollecito were convicted and jailed for the 2007 murder of Miss Kercher in Perugia, Umbria, but then released from prison in 2011 after their convictions were overturned by an appeals court.
But those acquittals were overturned in March by Italy’s highest court and they now face a retrial, which will be held in a court in Florence.
In her latest interview, she insisted that only one person was responsible for Miss Kercher’s murder – Rudy Guede, a drifter and small-time drug dealer from Perugia who is serving a 16 year prison sentence after being convicted in a separate trial.
“Guede’s DNA was found on the body of Meredith, there was his hand print and also a foot print,” Miss Knox said.
Guede was “athletic” and would easily have been able to overpower Miss Kercher, especially if armed with a knife, she said. “Even a man would not have had a chance against Guede if he was carrying a knife,” she added.
Having written her book, Miss Knox has now resumed her studies at the University of Washington in Seattle and hopes to graduate next year.
She said she would like to write more books “because my financial future is very uncertain”. She wants to pay back the estimated $1.5 million her parents spent in hiring lawyers and travelling between the US and Italy during her incarceration.
It was “crazy” that Guede will be entitled to apply for day release in May 2014, she said.
By then he will have served less than six years in prison for the murder and sexual assault of Miss Kercher.