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.