Raffaele sollecito still dating amanda knox

Her half-naked body was found in her bedroom."I want to make clear that I and all the people around me, including my family, have always believed, and we still believe today, in the innocence of Amanda Marie Knox," Sollecito said.

The Florence court sentenced Knox to 28 ½ years in prison.

Sollecito is not obliged to attend under Italian law and earlier today his father, Francesco Sollecito, said that his son's earlier appearance showed "courage and respect for the court".

5.55pm The scene in the Florence courtroom: Screenshot: Corriere TV 5.30pm If found guilty how long could Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito spend in prison?

Sollecito and Knox were dating when Kercher was stabbed at a house shared by the two women in Perugia in 2007.

Sollecito insisted there was no case against him and that he was found guilty for a second time because of Knox's actions. But on the other side I'm not responsible for that.

His lawyers will stress apparent contradictions in the Florence court's 337-page verdict explanation.

8.40pm Waiting for the verdict, Meredith Kercher's brother said whatever the outcome it will not bring closure for his family. It's really hard to say what we expect the verdict to be," said Lyle Kercher.

Speaking to CNN, Sollecito said: "The focus was all on Amanda through her peculiar behaviour. I don't know what to think, because objectively, there's nothing against me and nothing very strong against Amanda."In my case I really did nothing wrong and I don't want to pay for someone else's peculiar behaviour. I have nothing to do with all these circumstances and situations."In the aftermath of Kercher's death, Knox and Sollecito were spotted canoodling near the home where the student's body lay.

Later, Knox reportedly turned cartwheels while in police custody.

9.40pm The jury has now been deliberating for more than 11 hours.

It has been almost six years and three months since Meredith Kercher was murdered in Perugia.

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