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West Seattle Herald Friday, January 28. 201t 7 Knife and bra clasp DNA in Amanda Knox murder trial to be re-examined Knox's father and step-father weigh in By Steve Shay Two independent forensic experts from Rome were sworn in Saturday, Jan 22. in court in Perugia, Italy to make it official that. starting in February, they will have 90 days to review con- troversial evidence that prosecu- tors have claimed link Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito to the murder of Mer- edith Kercher Nov. 1, 2007, her British roommate there. Th6 experts Carla Vecchiotti and Stefano Conti from Rome's Sapienza University will review DNA findings on the knife the prosecutors have claimed to be the murder weapon, and on Ms. Kercher's bra clasp prosecutors claimed contained Sollec~to's fin- ger prints. The forensic team has between Feb. 9 and May 9 at a university lab. and will report back to the court May 21. Knox's lawyers want to ques- tion the prosecution's key wit- ness, Antonio Curatolo, possibly in March. He lives on a beach in Perugia and was recently busted for dealing illegal drugs. Amanda's father. Curt. told the West Seattle Herald before the hearing that he had hoped the forensic pair would take 60 rather than 90 days, but that the Life _Care. Center ot West Seattle Whatever it takes! And then some. [ Providing excellent care for over 40 years. [ 206.935.2480 o 206.931.1215 [ 4700 SW Admiral Way [ www.LCCA.com [ Joint Commission accredited ] most important thing was that they do a thorough job in order to reach a positive outcome for his daughter. "I think what it comes down to is that everything in the case is circumstantial except for only two pieces of physical evi- dence, the knife and bra clasp," retired FBI agent Steve Moore told the West Seattle Herald after today's hearing. Moore has been an outspoken critic appear- ing on national TV about what he believes is the prosecution's mishandling of the case leading to both Knox's and Sollecito's guilty verdicts. He believes the third person found guilty, Rudy Guede. was the lone murderer. "If the forensic experts prove they are not to be valid, then there is no case." Moore con- tinued. "If those two things turn out to be bogus, which they are. there's no need to go on. If there is an unbiased look at this evi- dence. Amanda will be home this summer." "'Amanda's demeanor in court today was typical." her step- father. Chris Mellas. told the West Seattle Herald just follow- ing the hearing. "She tries to keep a neutral expression so she is not written about as much. Tabloids say, 'Horrible that she is smil- ing!' Or 'Look! She is frowning. It's guilty remorse!' It's a futile attempt, but she feels she needs to at least try. It's more than a retirement residence. It's home. 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"I was surprised and disap- pointed by the Kerchers' law- yer," Mellas said.The role of the Kerchers' lawyer appears puz- zling to some Americans who are following this case. Meredith's parents have a civil suit against Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sol- lecito and their lawyer has been vocally combative with lawyers representing Knox and Sollecito in the courtroom while backing the prosecution's original guilty verdict of the two. "He opposed the requested actions by the court appointed experts, actions that could lead to a better understanding of who killed Meredith." said Mellas of the Kercher's lawyer. "His actions beg the question. 'Is he there in the interest of truth, or just to uphold a previous court decision that left so many unan- swered questions?' One would think that his number one inter- est should be. 'Who killed Mer- edith?'" Steve Shay can be reached at steves @robinsonnews.com. 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