Amanda Knox: 'I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision of the Supreme Court of Italy. The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal. And throughout this ordeal, I have received invaluable support from family, friends, and strangers' - statement
Editor's note: Italy's top court's ruling to acquit Amanda Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher brings an end to the high-profile case. Kercher was found dead in 2007 and both Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009, cleared in 2011 and then ordered to face a retrial, The Guardian reports. In 2014, an appeals court reinstated the convition. Today's decision declined to order another retrial. - Stephanie
Judge who presided over Amanda Knox's 2nd murder conviction says he suffered over the verdict but that he and the jury agreed about her guilt in the death of British student Meredith Kercher - @itvnews
Meredith Susanna Cara Kercher (28 December 1985 – 1 November 2007) was a British student on exchange from the University of Leeds who was murdered at the age of 21 in Perugia, Italy, on 1 November 2007. Kercher was found dead on the floor of her bedroom. By the time the bloodstained fingerprints at the scene were identified as belonging to Rudy Guede, police had charged American Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. The subsequent prosecutions of Knox and Sollecito received international publicity, with American forensic experts and jurists taking a critical view of the evidence supporting the initial guilty verdicts. Knox and Sollecito were released after almost four years following their acquittal at a second-level trial, and in 2015 they were exonerated by the Supreme Court of Italy. Guede was tried separately in a fast-track procedure and in October 2008 was found guilty of the sexual assault and murder of Kercher. He subsequently exhausted the appeals process and is currently serving a 16-year sentence.