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.

FILE – Rudy Guede, left, is greeted by an unidentified person as he leaves the penitentiary for a thirty-six hour temporary release, in Viterbo, Italy, June 25, 2016. Guede, the only person convicted in the 2007 murder British student Meredith Kercher was 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. (AP Photo / Gregorio Borgia)


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