ROME — U.S. student Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend are expected to learn today whether they must stand trial yet again in Italy for the 2007 murder of her roommate.
On Monday, Italy's top Court of Cassation put off until this morning its announcement of its decision on whether to definitively confirm the 2011 acquittals or throw out those verdicts and order a new trial.
Neither of the two came to court in Rome on Monday to follow the latest stage in their case. Knox was waiting for the decision in her home state of Washington, while her co-defendant and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, stayed in northern Italy to continue his studies.
The court heard six hours of arguments and spent hours deliberating the case and a handful of others before announcing it would issue its decision today.
Italian prosecutors have asked the high court to throw out the acquittals for the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher and order a new trial. Kercher's body was found in November 2007 in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox and other roommates in Perugia, an Italian university town. Her throat had been slashed.
Prosecutors have alleged that Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing, saying they weren't even in the house the night of the murder.