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Meredith Kercher's Convicted Killer Granted 36 Hours Of Freedom

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May 25 2016, Published 3:38 p.m. ET

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Rudy Guede, convicted of killing of 21-year-old British exchange student Meredith Kercher in 2007, has received 36 hours of freedom from his 16-year sentence for "good behavior," has learned.

The 29-year-old was released from Viterbo's Mammagialla prison Wednesday morning, and is scheduled to return Friday evening, The Local reported.

"I will be able to feel the sun on my skin and be able to look out of the window without bars in front of my eyes," Guede told La Repubblica. "Thirty-six hours, each one of them precious. I thank everybody who has had faith in me."

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Just months ago, he revealed horrifying details from Kercher's death during an Italian TV interview filmed from his jail cell.

The Ivory-Coast native claimed at the time that "justice for Meredith has not been done," insisting his innocence. He also alleged that Kercher spoke to him moments before death as he scribed with blood on her apartment walls, The Mirror reported.

Then 20-years-old, Guede said he met Kercher at a nightclub the previous evening and had come back to her apartment where the pair "made out," but did not have sex because they had no form of contraception.

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The following night, Guede alleged that Kercher's roommate, Amanda Knox, was in the apartment when he heard Kercher cry out from the apartment bathroom.

"At that moment I see Meredith on the ground and an abundance of blood," he told interviewers. "I go to the bathroom and take a towel and try to staunch the wound in the neck."

"I take another and then another. It was heartbreaking that moment, you try to do the best," he continued. "She was trying to tell me something. I wrote in blood on the wall to even understand. Fear overwhelmed me."

For some time, the case revolved around Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who served four years in prison and were put on trial five times before they were finally exonerated.

Guede maintains his innocence in the Kercher case, though he's already spent eight years in prison for the crime.



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