Illinois Innocence Project to host livestream event featuring Amanda Knox

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Amanda Knox, whose 2009 murder conviction in Italy and subsequent exoneration gained international attention, will be part of a livestream event benefiting the Illinois Innocence Project on Dec. 10.

The program "Guilty Until Proven Innocent" will feature Knox, 33, in a personal conversation.

The Innocence Project is housed at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Knox had been scheduled to appear in Springfield in May before the event was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions on large gatherings.

At the event, Knox was slated to sit in as a guest vocalist with the Exoneree Band, who played at the Innocence Project’s 2019 fundraiser. The five band members spent a collective 92 years imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit.

Knox, an American college student studying abroad, and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in 2009 for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, Knox’s British roommate.

Knox received a 26-year sentence. In 2011, the murder convictions were overturned.

In March 2013, Italy’s Supreme Court ruled that Knox and Sollecito had to stand trial again. Knox was tried and convicted in abstentia in early 2014.

The high court overturned the convictions in March 2015 and closed the case.

Rudy Guede, a drug dealer from the Ivory Coast, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Kercher. Guede’s sentence was later reduced to 16 years on appeal.

"There’s no question that (Knox has) become an important part of the work that we do," said Larry Golden, one of the Innocence Project’s co-founders, in an interview with The State Journal-Register in February. "She’s a very engaging person who’s grown into an understanding of these issues that are totally out of her control.

"Her case illustrates that it can happen to anyone."

Knox’s case has been the subject of a Netflix documentary and several books, including her memoir, and "The Fatal Gift of Beauty" by Nina Burleigh, a MacMurray College and UIS graduate.

Cost of the livestream is $20. Deadline for registration is Dec. 9.

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Contact Steven Spearie at 622-1788, sspearie@sj-r.com or twitter.com/@StevenSpearie.

via The State Journal-Register

November 22, 2020 at 04:21PM

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