April 30, 2014 at 8:45 AM ET
The U.S. attorney for Amanda Knox said Wednesday that an Italian court’s recent explanation of how she allegedly killed her former roommate doesn’t change anything: His client is innocent and there’s no evidence to the contrary.
“There was no hair, fiber, footprint, shoe print, handprint, palm print, fingerprint, sweat, saliva, DNA of Amanda Knox in the room where Meredith Kercher was killed,” attorney Theodore Simon told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie. “That in and of itself tells you unassailably that she is innocent.”
On Tuesday, the Italian appeals court released a 337-page document explaining its decision to reinstate guilty verdicts against Knox and her former boyfriend, Italian Raffaele Sollecito.
Both were accused of murdering 21-year-old Kercher in 2007 while she and Knox were students studying abroad in Italy.
Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and spent nearly four years in an Italian prison. They were later acquitted on appeal and released in 2011. Rude Guede, a drifter and low-level drug dealer, is currently serving a 16-year sentence for Kercher's murder.
Last year, however, an Italian Supreme Court ordered a new trial, rejecting the appeals court ruling.
Knox released a statement Tuesday immediately after the Italian court document was issued.
"I want to state again today what I have said throughout this process: I am innocent of the accusation against me," she said Tuesday. “The recent Motivation document does not — and cannot — change the fact of my innocence.”
Simon discounted the Italian court document’s insistence that Knox’s DNA was found on a knife found in the apartment and that her former boyfriend’s DNA was found on the victim’s bra clasp.
“Those aspects were debunked in the trial where she was found innocent,” he said. He pointed out that two independent court experts concluded “those two pieces of evidence were wholly without any probative value. They were debunked. They were rejected.”
Simon said both Knox and her family remain resolute about his client’s innocence.
“We have always said there is no evidence, there was no evidence, there never will be any evidence,” he said. “She’s resolute, her family is resolute to right this manifest in justice and return to a correct verdict, one of innocence.”