Amanda Knox Is 'Withholding Judgment' in the Case of Slain Italian Cop
Knox doesn't want the American teens to be tried in the 'court of public opinion," like her 2007 murder case was in Italy.
Amanda Knox is weighing in on the case of the two American teens arrested in the slaying of an Italian cop.
"Many are asking me about this case," she tweeted. "All I can say is: I’m withholding judgment. It should be tried in the court of law, not the court of public opinion. In any case, it's tragic. My ❤ goes out to the victim's family."
One Twitter user responded, "you of all people trust Italian courts?"
Knox spent nearly four years behind bars in Italy after being convicted of the 2007 murder of her roommate. She was freed in 2011 and exonerated in 2015.
The two American teenagers, Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth and Finnegan Lee Elder, both from San Francisco, face charges after an Italian officer was slain while confronting them over a suspected drug deal in Rome Friday.
Elder is accused of the stabbing, though both are being held on suspicion of murder and attempted extortion, according to police. Elder claims he acted in self-defense because he believed he was being strangled. In the court documents, however, the judge noted that there were no signs of strangulation found on Elder, and said the multiple stab wounds inflicted on the officer were not indicative of "legitimate defense."
A photo of one of the suspects blindfolded in court spread around the world.
At a news conference in Rome Tuesday, police showed a photo of the knife authorities say one of the teens used to stab the cop 11 times.
The slain officer, Mario Cerciello Rega, had just returned to work following his honeymoon.
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