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Amanda Knox Update: Italian Supreme Court to rule Tuesday on murder case retrial

Amanda Knox at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. AFP/Getty Images

Amanda Knox at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.
Amanda Knox at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle.
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(CBS/AP) ROME - Italy's highest court says it will issue a decision Tuesday morning on whether to overturn American student Amanda Knox's acquittal in the murder of her roommate.

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Italian prosecutors have asked the high court to throw out the 2011 acquittals of Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, and order a new trial.

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The court heard six hours of arguments on Monday before going into deliberations. After several hours, it announced it would issue the decision at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) Tuesday, an unusual but not unprecedented move.

The high court normally issues the decisions the same day it hears arguments. But prosecutor general Luigio Riello told reporters that "'in very complex cases, it happens" that the court takes another day.

Lawyers for Knox's co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, declined to speculate on what the delay could mean for the decision.

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