“We asked for the independent review because we were sure that anybody [who] independently looked at it would support our position,” Edda Mellas, Knox’s mother, told CNN’s Larry King in an interview to air Friday night.
Prosecutors say a kitchen knife, allegedly the murder weapon, has Knox’s DNA on the handle and Kercher’s DNA on the blade. The defense disputes that, but last Friday, the court denied the request for a review.
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Prosecutors held news conferences weeks after the killing, declaring the case solved. Knox, Sollecito and bar owner Patrick Lumumba were believed to have killed Kercher during a sexual game gone horribly awry.
Knox was criticized in newspapers and tabloids around the world for her demeanor after the killing, which included photos of her and Sollecito comforting each other as crime scene investigators looked for clues in her house.
“You know, she’s very much a person who internalizes,” Mellas said. “She was extremely upset, and her roommate testified that when she found out it was Meredith that was killed, she was very upset. She cried; she did all of that. But by the time those photos were taken, it was hours later, and she was being comforted by Raffaele.”
Lumumba was released because he had an airtight alibi, and DNA evidence from the crime scene soon pointed to a different suspect: Rudy Guede. Guede was sentenced to 30 years for the murder in a separate trial and is appealing the verdict.
After the murder, Mellas said, friends and family told Knox to leave Italy — to either come home or stay with relatives in Germany — but Knox refused because she wanted to help find the killer and prove that she had nothing to do with it.
“We have to believe that what they’re hearing in court — and it’s so clear that she had nothing to do with it — then they’ll come out with the right answer,” Curt Knox said. “I mean, that’s — that’s what we have to believe.”