Amanda Knox trial: Knife bears suspect’s DNA but not victim’s

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U.S. student Amanda Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito sits with his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno. Sollecito appealed for an acquittal at the hearing Wednesday.

The knife was used for cooking, not killing.

Stunning testimony in the third Amanda Knox trial revealed Wednesday that new DNA found on the purported murder weapon belonged to the suspect — and not the victim.

The blade’s handle contained a tiny DNA trace showing “considerable affinity” with U.S. student-turned-murder-suspect Knox, according to expert Andrea Berti.

Meredith Kercher's family lawyer, Francesco Maresca, arrives at the Florence courthouse on Wednesday. No DNA from Kercher or Sollecito was found in the latest sample.

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Meredith Kercher’s family lawyer, Francesco Maresca, arrives at the Florence courthouse on Wednesday. No DNA from Kercher or Sollecito was found in the latest sample.

Knox stands accused yet again in the gory 2007 stabbing murder of Meredith Kercher. Prosecutors had said Kercher’s DNA was on the knife blade, but that evidence was disputed by an appeals court.

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Berti’s testimony boosted the case for the defendant dubbed “Foxy Knoxy” after her arrest in the murder that gained worldwide attention.

Amanda Knox's Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito kisses his lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, during the trial. ‘I hope I’ll have the chance to live a life,’ Sollecito pleaded to the court. ‘That’s what I’m asking you.’

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Amanda Knox’s Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito kisses his lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, during the trial. ‘I hope I’ll have the chance to live a life,’ Sollecito pleaded to the court. ‘That’s what I’m asking you.’

“It means that Amanda took the knife exclusively for cooking matters, to keep in the kitchen and use it,” said defense attorney Luca Maori.

“It is something very important,” said Maori, noting the knife was found inside a drawer at the Italian home where Knox lived with the 21-year-old victim. “It is absurd to use it for a murder and put it back in the drawer.”

Knox, who returned to the United States after her conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011, was not in court for the latest hearing in her six-year legal odyssey.

Raffaele Sollecito, with his lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, was convicted of murder with Amanda Knox in 2009 before an appeals court objected to evidence collection in the first trial.

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Raffaele Sollecito, with his lawyer, Giulia Bongiorno, was convicted of murder with Amanda Knox in 2009 before an appeals court objected to evidence collection in the first trial.

RELATED: NEW AMANDA KNOX APPEALS TRIAL BEGINS WITHOUT HER

Knox and boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of murdering Kercher. Prosecutors said that the kitchen knife was the murder weapon and that it matched the victim’s wounds.

But the appeals court, in springing the two suspects, said there were huge errors in collecting evidence, along with possible contamination of the DNA from the the blade of the weapon.

The lawyer for U.S. student Amanda Knox's former Italian lover Raffaele Sollecito, Giulia Bongiorno, speaks to reporters as she leaves the Florence courthouse on Wednesday.

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The lawyer for U.S. student Amanda Knox’s former Italian lover Raffaele Sollecito, Giulia Bongiorno, speaks to reporters as she leaves the Florence courthouse on Wednesday.

Berti said there was no sign of DNA from Kercher or Sollecito in the new sample.

Sollecito, speaking at the Wednesday hearing, appealed to the court for an acquittal. The suspect said his love for Knox clouded his judgment when the couple were first accused in the killing.

Meredith Kercher's family lawyer Francesco Maresca speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Florence courthouse on Wednesday.

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Meredith Kercher’s family lawyer Francesco Maresca speaks to journalists as he arrives at the Florence courthouse on Wednesday.

“Me and Amanda were living the dawn of a carefree romance, and we wanted to be completely isolated in our love nest,” he said.

“I hope I’ll have the chance to live a life, a life, because at the moment I don’t have a real life,” continued Sollecito, trying to keep his composure. “That’s what I’m asking you.”

The latest trial is expected to run through January.

-With News Wire Services

lmcshane@nydailynews.com


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