Amanda Knox freed: A timeline of key events

The saga of American Amanda Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito finally came to a close Monday, Oct. 3. They were set free. A look back at six key moments in the trial:

November 2007

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    Amanda Knox arrives at the court during her appeal trial session in Perugia, Italy, on September 30.
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Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student at Perugia’s University for Foreigners, is found dead on Nov. 2 in the cottage she shared with Amanda Knox and two other women. She had been stabbed in the throat with a knife.

Days later, Ms. Knox is summoned by local police for questioning. Her contradictory accounts of that night – at one point in questioning, she confessed to being home at the time of the murder – transformed her from a witness to a suspect. She accuses a local bartender, Congolese immigrant Patrick Lumumba, for whom she and Ms. Kercher worked. Mr. Lumumbu is arrested and imprisoned on suspicion of murder. Mr. Lumumba is later released based on a solid alibi.

On Nov. 22, Knox casts doubt on the veracity of her early November confession, saying it was made under severe stress, exhaustion, and emotional duress.

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