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Timeline: Amanda Knox Trial

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Timeline: Amanda Knox Trial

Crucial dates in the slaying of British student Meredith Kercher
and the subsequent investigation involving U.S. student Amanda
Knox, Italian Raffaele Sollecito and Ivorian citizen Rudy Hermann

Meredith Kercher

Nov. 2, 2007

The body of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher is found in a pool of blood in the apartment she shared with Amanda Knox in Perugia, central Italy. Investigators say she died from a stab wound to the neck.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are shown Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, embrace outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy

Nov. 6, 2007

Knox is arrested in connection with the slaying. Also arrested are Knox's then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of Italy; and the Congolese owner of a Perugia pub where Knox worked, Diya "Patrick" Lumumba.

Image provided by Italian Police in Perugia, central Italy, of a man from the Ivory Coast identified as Rudy Hermann Guede, allegedly the fourth suspect in the slaying of a British student in central Italy, Monday, Nov. 19, 2007.

Nov. 20, 2007

Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede is arrested in Germany after an international manhunt. He was wanted in Italy in connection to the slaying. Lumumba, who had been implicated by Knox's statements to the police in the aftermath of the killing, is released from jail for lack of evidence.

Nov. 21, 2007

Guede, awaiting extradition to Italy, tells German court that he was in Kercher's room but insists he is innocent.

Dec. 6, 2007

Guede is extradited from Germany. He is picked up by Italian authorities and jailed.

Meredith Kercher murder.Staff and students at the University of Leeds lay flowers to remember murdered student Meredith Kercher, Wednesday November 7, 2007.

Dec. 14, 2007

Kercher is laid to rest after a private funeral
service in south London.

April 1, 2008

The Court of Cassation, Italy's top criminal court, rejects requests by defense lawyers for the release of Knox, Sollecito and Guede and orders them to remain in jail.

Sept. 9, 2008

Guede's lawyers ask for a fast-track trial. The procedure, in which evidence is presented in document form and no witnesses testify, is quicker and leads to lesser sentences if the suspect is found guilty.

American murder suspect Amanda Knox is escorted Sept. 26, 2008, by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia's court after a hearing in central Italy.

Sept. 16, 2008

Knox appears in court at the opening of a preliminary hearing to determine whether she and the other two suspects must face trial. Sollecito is not in court. Guede, who attends the hearing, is granted the fast-track trial sought by his lawyers.

Oct. 28, 2008

Judge Paolo Micheli orders Knox and Sollecito to stand trial on charges of murder and sexual assault. The same judge also convicts Guede of murder and sexual assault and sentences him to 30 years in prison.

This image taken from exclusive CBS News video shows American college student Amanda Knox in court in Perugia, Italy, on the first day of her sexual assault and murder trial, Jan. 16, 2009.

Jan. 16, 2009

Trial of Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia before presiding Judge Giancarlo Massei.

June 6, 2009

Kercher's mother, Arline Kercher, tells court in emotional testimony that she will never get over her daughter's brutal death.

Amanda Knox during her testimony in Italian court, June 12, 2009.

June 12, 2009

Knox takes the stand. She tells the court that she was shocked by Kercher's death, offers an alibi for the night of the murder and says police beat her into making a false statement in the case.

Nov. 18, 2009

Guede's appeals trial opens. Guede testifies that he heard Kercher arguing with Knox minutes before she was slain.

U.S. murder suspect Amanda Knox in accompanied by a penitentiary police officer at the court in Perugia, Italy, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.

Nov 21, 2009

Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini requests life sentences for Knox and Sollecito. Knox addresses the court minutes later to say the accusations against her are "pure fantasy."

Dec. 4, 2009

An eight-member jury convicts Amanda Knox of murdering her British roommate, and sentences her to 26 years. The jury also convicts Knox's
ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and sentences him to 25 years.

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