Amanda Knox is begging the man who murdered her roommate Meredith Kercher to clear her name after her early release from prison.
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Rudy Guede, 33, was released in Italy on Tuesday after several reductions in his 30-year prison sentence initially awarded in 2008 for the sexual assault and murder of Kercher last year.
Knox – who spent four years behind bars before finally being acquitted – urged her to tell the truth now.
“Guide has tremendous power to heal those who have been damaged by his actions,” Knox tweeted Guede, who has always denied sexual assault and murder of Kercher, whose body was found half-naked in her bedroom in Italy.
She wrote, “In order to prevent me from blaming me for Meredith Kercher’s rape and murder, she has the power to tell the truth, take responsibility, show a wealth of evidence that she did alone.”
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“If he truly accepts his responsibility, it will close the Kercher family, it will end the speculation surrounding this matter, it will restore my wrongly damaged reputation,” she wrote,
It would also clear the name of Knox’s then-boyfriend, Raphael Solecito, who was also convicted and then acquitted of Kercher’s murder, which prosecutors claimed happened during a drug-fueled sex game. .
Knox exhorted Guede to “acknowledge his actions” in order to be known as “the man who killed Meredith Kercher and convicted an innocent American girl.”
“He could have asked for forgiveness. And if he did, if he showed true remorse and indicated that he was committed to an honest life and committed his terrible crimes, I would commend him, wishing him well , and urge others to see his humanity,” she said.
She described him as the man “whose fingerprints were found in Meredith’s blood, whose DNA was on his body, and while I was helping the police, he immediately fled the country.”
“They say the truth will set you free. Today he is free, and he hasn’t told the truth yet, allowing others to bear the burden of his guilt,” she wrote.
Kercher’s 38-year-old sister Stephanie, said to the mirror That his release came as a “shock” to the family.
“I always knew that day would come at some point, but it’s a bit surprising for her to be quick again,” she said, adding that her family can only hope that “the justice system will make its decisions.” I’m right.”
Kercher’s semi-naked body was found in a pool of blood in the cottage she shared with Knox in the Italian student city of Perugia in November 2007. His throat was slit and he was stabbed 47 times.
The gruesome case gained international fame after Knox – then a 21-year-old student from Seattle – and Sollecito was suspected of wrongfully hitting a UK exchange student in a sex game.
He was initially found guilty of murder, but in 2015, Italy’s highest court overturned his conviction after a series of flip-flop decisions.
Guede was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was later reduced to 16 years upon appeal. His release was set for January 4 next year, but an Italian judge pushed it forward for good behavior and Guede was freed on Tuesday, his lawyer, Fabrizio Ballarini, confirmed.
“My client has paid his debt for justice. He is a free man,” Ballarini told the sun,
Ballarini said Guede had already been released from prison to work at the library at the Center for Criminology Studies in Viterbo and plans to continue working there.
His baseless statement seems to be at odds with the misinformation spread by conservative activist Charlie Kirk.