The family of Meredith Kercher, the British student whose murder is at the heart of the Amanda Knox appeal, have told a press conference that the jury should use the evidence they have to uphold the sentence later today.”I think you still have to go on the evidence because they haven’t got anything else,” Arline Kercher, Meredith’s mother, told the conference. “I have to (believe in that). That’s the only evidence we have up until this moment.”
She also wished to state that it’s not only the DNA evidence, which has had questions raised about it over the past weeks, that should be taken into account when looking at the case.
“I’m not a forensic expert so I have no idea,” she said when asked if she thought there was any doubt of the reliability of the evidence. “It’s not just DNA or one specific thing. It’s on the overall evidence.”
The family also said they thought Meredith had been “forgotten” during the appeal, though admitted they had tried to keep a low profile. They described the hype surrounding Knox’s appeal as “a large PR machine,” while stating their desire for the jury to make a decision independently, not taking into account the attention surrounding the case.
Earlier, Knox gave a statement in Italian to court pleading her innocence and saying that she was “paying with my life for something I didn’t com mitt.”
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