(CNN) – Prosecution witness Rudy Guede refused to say Monday that American student Amanda Knox was not involved in the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher– and prosecutor Giuliano Mignini read out a letter saying Guede thought the American and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito had killed Kercher.
Rudy Guede’s testimony was a blow to the Knox’s defense team, who hoped he would confess that he himself stabbed Kercher to death in 2007, and that Knox and her former boyfriend were innocent.
Knox, 23, and Sollecito, 27, were convicted of the murder in 2009, two years after Kercher was found semi-naked with her throat slashed in the home she shared with Knox. Guede was also found guilty of the crime in a separate fast-track trial and sentenced to 16 years.
Once Guede had left the courtroom, Knox stood up and told the judge she was “shocked,” by what he had said. “The only time Rudy Guede, Raffaele Sollecito and I were in one room together was in a court room… He knows what the truth is. I don’t know what happened that night,” Knox said.
As she spoke to the court, Amanda Knox was visibly struggling with her emotions. Her mother Edda Mellas, who sat just behind Amanda as she spoke, told CNN, “It’s devastating to watch your child in pain. It’s horrible to see her go through that.”
Knox’s appeal may now depend heavily on forensics, as DNA evidence is re-examined and the methodology for testing DNA in the original trial is scrutinized.
CNN’s Dan Rivers was in the courtroom and talks to Anderson about the dramatic developments, tonight on AC360°.
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