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Kercher crime scene seen in court

Meredith Kercher
Meredith Kercher was found dead just two months into her studies in Italy

Images of the scene from the room in which British student Meredith Kercher was killed have been shown to a court.

Amanda Knox, one of those accused of her murder, quickly looked away and held her head down when images of Ms Kercher's body were shown.

Italian Raffaele Sollecito, 24, and his ex-girlfriend, American Amanda Knox, 21, deny the 2007 murder in Perugia.

Prosecutors in Italy say 21-year-old Ms Kercher, from Coulsdon, Surrey, was killed in a violent sex attack.

Ms Knox had been exchanging smiles and whispers with Mr Sollecito from a distance, but her mood turned more sombre when a prosecution witness aired videos of the scene.

The videos showed the blood-splattered room, with Ms Kercher's face and foot sticking out from a duvet.

Ms Kercher, a Leeds University student, had been studying and living in the Umbrian university city of Perugia when she was killed on 1 November 2007.

She shared a house with Ms Knox, who was on a student exchange from Seattle's University of Washington.

Ms Kercher's body was discovered in the bedroom of the house on 2 November. Her throat had been cut.

Prosecutors maintain there is DNA evidence on a knife and on Miss Kercher's bra allegedly linking Mr Sollecito to her death.



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