Friday, May 22, 2009

Trial: The Morning Report By Sky New’s Nick Pisa

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DNA from Meredith Kercher murder suspect Amanda Knox was found on the handle of a kitchen knife and Miss Kercher’s DNA was on the tip, a court has heard…

On Friday, forensic scientist Patrizia Stefanoni told the court how her team had recorded 460 biological traces at the crime scene.

Dr Stefanoni also said DNA traces were found on a black-handled kitchen knife recovered from Sollecito’s flat - which the court has been told is compatible with the murder weapon.

She showed photographs of the knife and pointed out the areas of the handle where Knox’s DNA was found, and the tip of the blade where Miss Kercher’s was found.

Dr Stefanoni told the court that blood tests on the knife had proved negative, and in earlier hearings the judge and jury were told that the knife had been cleaned.

DNA from Knox and Miss Kercher was also found in blood stains found in the bidet of the bathroom, the sink and on a box of cotton wool buds, the court heard.

Dr Stefanoni said the bloodstains were “slightly pink as if the result of being washed”....

The court heard how DNA from Sollecito was found on a metal clasp that had been cut away from Miss Kercher’s bra and which was found at the scene.

A blood stain found in the bedroom of flatmate Laura Romanelli was also found to have DNA from Knox and Miss Kercher.

That last line sure surprised us! But we think Nick Pisa may have intended to write Filomena Romanelli and not Laura Romanelli at that point.

Mixed-blood evidence found in either bedroom would appears to be very important new news, and even tougher for the defense teams than the mixed bathroom traces.

We remain grateful for Nick Pisa’s fast reports. The London Times, in contrast, has not posted any report on the trial for quite some time now.


I’m curious if the blood stain in the bedroom that had DNA from Knox also had DNA from anybody else that lived there?  Was that quesion asked?  Obviously DNA from the girls that lived there would be all over the apartment.  If the attacker is walking around and dripping blood on the floor that blood would mix with the DNA.

I also read that the bra clasp had DNA from a few people.  Was that discussed?  If all these blood stains and the bra clasp are mixed with mulitple people’s DNA that is less damning to the defense.

Posted by kao555 on 05/22/09 at 08:15 PM | #

Hi kao555,

It’s abundantly clear that only Amanda Knox’s DNA was mixed with Meredith’s blood. If somebody else’s DNA had been mixed with Meredith’s blood, Dr. Patrizia Stefanoni and the defence lawyers would have mentioned it. The fact there were three or four instances of Amanda Knox’s DNA mixed with Meredith’s blood is particularly damning evidence against Amanda Knox.

An abundant amount of Raffaele Sollecito’s DNA was found on Meredith’s bra clasp. Dr.Patrizia Stefanoni and Dr. Renato Biondo have categorically excluded the possibility of contamination. This key piece of forensic evidence won’t be considered in a vacuum, but will be placed into context. Meredith’s bra was removed quite some time after she had been killed.

It makes no sense for Rudy Guede to have gone go back to the cottage to alter the crime scene in order to mislead investigators. Judge Paolo Micheli rightly concluded that the only person who had an interest in tampering with the crime scene, including staging the break in, was Amanda Knox.

Incidentally, Raffaele Sollecito’s forensic expert, Professor Francesco Vinci, claimed that he had found Knox’s DNA on Meredith’s bra.

Posted by The Machine on 05/22/09 at 09:09 PM | #

It’s a ‘Mad Mad World.’

The papers may be walking away because there really is little story left; Amanda and Raffaele will be behind bars for many years to come.  Seems Amanda will adjust okay - she’s taken the past two years pretty well.  RS may shrivel up to nothing.  He’ll be a wealthy old man.  Rudy probably won’t make it out alive, but then, it is an Italian prison and not an American one.  He wouldn’t last in an American prison.

I’m angry because Meredith has to do all the talking. She shouldn’t have to, someone should confess.

Posted by mylady007 on 05/22/09 at 10:30 PM | #

I’m really not that bothered about how Amanda and Co. fare behind bars. So long as they are not free to dance the night away on that lovely girl’s grave. I can’t help thinking that, eventually, perhaps even years after the trial has ended, Knox will not be able to resist the urge to tell the world how clever she is, and she’ll write the confessional. Not out of any remorse for the deed, or apology to Meredith and everyone else she has dragged through the depths, but because her silly, stupid ego will have to regain the limelight.

Posted by mimi on 05/27/09 at 07:54 PM | #

re: mimi’s post: just like OJ Simpson.

Posted by wayra on 05/29/09 at 09:53 PM | #

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