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Kercher's DNA was not on alleged murder knife

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Kercher's DNA was not on alleged murder knife
Raffaele Sollecito (L) and Amanda Knox (centre) are on a retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher (R). Photos: Mario Laporta/AFP, Tiziana Fabi/AFP, TJMK
09:18 CEST+02:00
DNA tests have revealed there were "no traces" of British student Meredith Kercher's blood on the kitchen knife she was thought to have been killed with.

As Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito are retried for the murder of Kercher, who was found dead in the flat she shared with Knox in Perugia on November 1st 2007, forensic experts have revealed that skin cells found on a kitchen knife in Sollecito's flat, believed to have been the murder weapon, were those of Knox and not Kercher, Italian media reported.

Knox and Sollecito were cleared of the murder in 2011 after serving four years in prison, but Italy's highest court ordered a retrial earlier this year. Three of the years served by Knox were for a slander conviction after she falsely accused Patrick Lumumba, a Perugia bar owner, of the murder.

The results will be officially unveiled during a hearing on November 6th.

Kercher was on a study year at Perugia's University for Foreigners as part of a degree course in politics and Italian when she was murdered.

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