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An eight-member jury finds Knox and Sollecito guilty, sentencing them to 26 and 25 years, respectively.
Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini asks for life sentences for Knox and Sollecito. Knox addresses the court, calling the accusations against her "pure fantasy."
Knox takes the witness stand for the first time, saying the last time she saw Kercher was hours before the killing. She says the police beat her into making a false statement.
The family of Kercher testifies before the court.
Trial of Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia before presiding Judge Giancarlo Massei. A judge rules the trial will remain open to the media despite concerns about the indignity of releasing sensitive details of an alleged sexual attack.
Judge Paolo Micheli rejects defense requests to grant house arrest to Knox and Sollecito while they await trial.
Judge Paolo Micheli convicts Guede of murder and sexual assault, and sentences him to 30 years. Guede appeals. Micheli also orders Knox and Sollecito to stand trial on charges of murder and sexual assault.
A lawyer representing the Kercher family says he is seeking a total of $33 million in damages from the three suspects in the case.
Prosecutors accuse Knox of fatally stabbing her British house mate in a Satanic rite in Perugia and ask a court to convict and punish Guede with life imprisonment. Knox proclaims her innocence at the closed-door hearing and emotionally accuses police of hitting her on the head and calling her a liar during an interrogation.
Attorney Anne Bremner and King County Superior Court Judge Mike Heavey are among those who believe the 21-year-old exchange student is being treated unfairly by an Italian court. Both have helped in the defense of Knox as she appears before an Italian judge.
Knox's parents talk about going broke trying to prove their daughter's innocence in an interview with Times reporter Jonathan Martin.
Prosecutors in Perugia request that Knox, 21; her former Italian boyfriend Sollecito; and Ivory Coast citizen Guede be tried in the death of Kercher. They also request charging the three with sexual violence and stealing $475, two credit cards and two cellphones from Kercher.
A coroner's report on the murder of Kercher is released, stating it cannot be determined whether the victim was raped before her death.
Amanda Knox tells her parents, "Why am I here when I didn't do anything?" her father, William Knox, says in an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America." It is the parents' first extensive interview since the slaying of Meredith Kercher.
Police report that Sollecito's DNA was found on Kercher's bra. Traces of Guede's DNA was also found in the apartment, meaning that DNA evidence places all three suspects at the crime scene.
A three-judge panel decides Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito must stay in jail shortly after Knox appears in court to proclaim her innocence.
Investigators conclude that a trace of blood belonging to Knox was left on the bathroom faucet of the apartment she shared with Kercher sometime between Nov. 1 and 2. This places Knox at the crime scene either the night her roommate died or the next morning.
Guede admits he was in Kercher's room the night she died, but says he didn't kill her and that an Italian who is trying to frame him did.
Rudy Guede, a 21-year-old Italian citizen originally from the Ivory Coast, is arrested in Germany as a fourth suspect in the case. According to police, Guede's bloody fingerprints were found at the crime scene. Lumumba is released from custody because of a lack of evidence.
Investigators reveal that both Knox's and Kercher's DNA was found on the knife believed to be the possible murder weapon.
Knox, her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 23, and nightclub owner Diya Lumumba, 44, are arrested by Italian police. All three say they are innocent. Under interrogation, Knox gives conflicting statements, at first saying she was not at home when the murder occurred, and later stating she was in her room covering her ears to drown out Kercher's screams.
21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher is found dead in the bedroom of the apartment she shared in Perugia, Italy, with 20-year-old University of Washington student Amanda Knox. The cause of death is a stab wound to the neck. A postmortem exam of Kercher's body reveals evidence of sexual activity before her death. Police allege that Kercher was killed while fending off a sexual assault.