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1. MURDER ABROAD
On Nov. 1, 2007, Meredith Kercher (far right), a student from England, is found dead in the Perugia, Italy, home she shares with American student Amanda Knox. Five days later, Knox and her boyfriend, Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, are arrested for Kercher's murder; prosecutors paint them as partiers who killed the woman in a sadistic sex game gone awry.
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2. SERIOUS SENTENCE
Two years later, following a high-profile 11-month trial, Knox and Sollecito are convicted in Kercher's murder, despite mishandled DNA evidence and the sentencing of Rudy Guede, a drifter who was convicted of Kercher's murder in a separate 2008 trial. Knox is sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito, 25; however, after an appeal, both are freed and cleared of most charges in October 2011.
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3. FREE AT LAST
Back on American soil four years after her arrest, Knox maintains a low profile, enjoying quiet dinners with family and friends and a reported romance with old friend James Terrano (left). But she won't be quiet for long: The 25-year-old plans to release a book, Waiting to Be Heard, on April 30. She reportedly received $4 million to tell her story.
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4. NOT SO FAST
On March 25, 2013, it's announced that the Italian Supreme Court is ruling on the possibility of a retrial for Knox and Sollecito, at the urging of prosecutors. The next day, Italy's Court of Cassation throws out the former couple's acquittals and announces a retrial, to be held in Florence, reportedly in 2014. Knox, however, won't have to attend.
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5. STATEMENT OF SADNESS
"Pained" by the news, Knox releases a statement, saying, "The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family." She adds that she and her family would "face this continuing legal battle as we always have, confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations and unreasonable adversity."
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