Italy frees man convicted of 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher – The Journal
The only person convicted of the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 has been released after serving most of her 16-year prison sentence.
ROME (AP) – The only person convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher has been released after serving most of her 16-year prison sentence.
Italian news agencies LaPresse and ANSA quoted lawyer Fabrizio Ballarini as saying that Rudy Guede’s scheduled release on January 4 was brought forward a few weeks by a judge and was released on Tuesday.
Guede had previously been granted permission to leave prison during the day to work while serving his sentence for the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Kercher.
The case in the university town of Perugia gained international notoriety after Kercher’s American roommate, Amanda Knox, and Knox’s then-boyfriend were suspected. The two were initially convicted, but Italy’s highest court overturned the convictions in 2015 after a series of about-face decisions.
Guede was initially sentenced in an expedited trial. He denied having killed Kercher.