FLORENCE, Italy -- Defense lawyers for U.S. student Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend get their final say in the defendants’ third trial for the gruesome 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate.
The prosecution will also make their final rebuttals Monday, the last hearing day scheduled in the trial ahead of the verdict later this month. Judge Alessandro Nencini specified each team will get 30 minutes for their last word so that deliberations can start as planned Jan. 30.
Prosecutor Alessandro Crini has demanded 26 years for each defendant for the murder, and that the court increase to four years Knox’s three-year sentence for slander. The two were freed on appeal in 2009, but Italy’s highest court ordered a second appellate trial after blasting the acquittal.