Italian Supreme Court judges ruled Tuesday that American Amanda Knox to stand trial over the death of her former roommate in Italy. Kercher died in the apartment she shared with Knox, who lives in the Seattle area, in Perugia, Italy, in 2007.
The decision of the Court of Cassation provides further dramatic twist in the long-running case that has fascinated many people in the United States, Britain and the rest of Europe.
If this lower trial again in January sentenced, the sentence will be appealed again, a process that could take years. Only if the Supreme Court upheld the conviction extradition proceedings can begin to return to Knox in Italy, although experts do not believe that such an effort would be successful.
Knox may be ordered to return to Italy for reconsideration to be heard in the Court of Appeal in Florence. If she refuses, the Italian government could appeal to the U.S. government for its return.
Small drug dealer Rudy Hermann Guede, who knew Knox was convicted and given a 16-year sentence. Since his release from prison in 2011, Knox has resumed his studies in Seattle.
Knox and Sollecito, then 24, were arrested days later and convicted of murder in December 2009 by a lower court in Perugia. Both were sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime, and Knox received an additional year for libel after being falsely accused another person from committing murder.