Amanda's character was called into question when she and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito reportedly changed their stories about the morning her roommate Meredith's body was found, and the previous night several times during the investigation. The couple claimed that they had no idea Meredith was dead behind her locked bedroom door, which police closed off and didn't let the couple into -- but Amanda allegedly described the scene of the crime perfectly. This photo is of the bloody door knob leading to Meredith's room.
Forensic investigators said they found traces of Amanda's blood on the murder weapon and found footprints matching Amanda's in Meredith's blood at the murder scene. Investigators testified that they found Raffaele's DNA on Meredith's bra clasp...which wasn't found at the crime scene until weeks after the murder.
Amanda and Raffaele told police they got home just moments before police arrived and claimed to have made calls to the authorities to report what looked like a break in. The shattered window in one of the rooms is seen here. However, police suspected it was Sollecito who broke the window to make it look like a break in after investigators found that his cell phone only made calls to police AFTER they were already there.
A bloody footprint at the crime scene on a bath mat seen here, belonged to Raffaele, police claimed. Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini said Amanda taunted Meredith with a knife, nicking a necklace of cuts around her neck and chest before finally slitting her throat.
The judge who reinstated murder convictions against Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito last week said the controversial verdicts were the result of a series of "coincidences" that led to the death of the Meredith Kercher. Amanda's decision to change her plans on the night of Nov. 1 2007, began a series of events that culminated in the brutal killing of Merideth, the Italian court believes. The Italian court sentenced Amanda to 28 years and six months in jail -- a heavy sentence because they say she falsely accused bar owner Patrick Lumumba of being the killer.
Authorities maintain that Amanda and Raffaele changed their stories of what happened that night numerous times. In one account, they claimed to be at his apartment over night and Raffaele said he was on his computer most of the time while Amanda said she read part of a Harry Potter book. But police say they found the Harry Potter book at the crime scene and Amanda never mentioned bringing it home.
Most of the evidence that convicted Amanda appears to be circumstantial. In another of her accounts, she said she was home and heard the murder of Meredith, and a grainy neighborhood closed-circuit television footage police have claims to show her getting home around 8:45 p.m. But Amanda later took back that version and forgot about it by the next morning. Police arrested Amanda that night, citing inconsistencies in her statements. Raffaele then said he was too high on marijuana to accurately remember whether or not Amanda was with him all night.
During this second trail, prosecutors abandoned their original plot that Amanda and Raffaele had killed Meredith during a drug-fueled sex orgy and instead theorized that a domestic dispute was to blame after Amanda and Meredith fought over a dirty toilet in the house they shared.
Fingerprints at the bloody murder scene did not match Amanda or Raffaele, but instead a drug dealer and petty thief named Rudy Hermann Guede, and police were able to place him at the scene with security camera footage. Although he was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years, Guede maintains Amanda and Raffaele were framing him. Italian prosecutors insist Guede could not have acted alone. Prosecutors allege that physical evidence connecting Amanda and Raffaele to the crime scene is undeniable.