Italy frees man convicted of 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher
Rome The only person convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher was released after spending most of his 16-year prison sentence.
Italian news agencies La Presse and ANSA quoted lawyer Fabrizio Ballarini as saying that Rudi Guidi’s scheduled January 4 release was delayed by a few weeks by a judge and released on Tuesday.
Guede had already been given permission to leave prison during the day to work while serving his sentence in 2007 for the murder of 21-year-old Kercher.
The case in the university town of Perugia gained international notoriety after suspicions were laid about Kercher’s American roommate, Amanda Knox, and Knox’s then-boyfriend. Both were initially convicted, but Italy’s highest court overturned the convictions in 2015 after a series of volatile decisions.
Guede was originally convicted in a speedy trial procedure. Kircher denied killing.
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