Kercher Family Reacts to Amanda Knox Verdict: 'We Had Hoped for a Different Outcome,' Says Sister

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As the American student makes her way back to the U.S., the victim’s family speaks out.

As Amanda Knox makes her way back to the U.S. after an Italian court overturned her murder conviction on Monday, the victim Meredith Kercher’s family is speaking up.

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“She’s not here to speak for herself so we have to do it for her,” Meredith’s mother, Arline Kercher, tells The Daily Beast. “She was always very happy and she always loved Perugia, but it proved fatal.”

Kercher, a British exchange student living in Perugia, Italy was killed in November 2007. She had been sexually assaulted, robbed, and stabbed repeatedly. Knox and Italian student, Raffaele Sollecito, were sentenced to 26 years and 25 years, respectively, for the crime, which prosecutors said was a case of rough sex that got violent.

The Kercher family says they wish that the court looked beyond more recent DNA findings and considered the other evidence in the original trial.

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“It just seems like there was so much more than the DNA,” says Meredith’s sister, Stephanie Kercher. “We respect the court, but we had hoped for a different outcome.”

Apparently, the family feels they’ve been left in a sort of limbo without knowing for sure who actually murdered Meredith.

“Until the truth comes out, we cannot forgive because no one has admitted to the crime,” says Stephanie.

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