LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Amanda Knox was found guilty of murder — again — in an Italian court.
The Seattle woman — once jailed and then released in the murder of her roommate — says authorities will have to drag her back kicking and screaming.
An Italian appeals court Thursday reinstated the original guilty plea against Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.
The duo were convicted for the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate, British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox and Sollecito were sentenced to more than 28 years in prison.
If the verdict is withheld by Italy’s highest court, it would mean Knox could be extradited.
KCAL9’s Serene Branson spoke to Steve Moore, a c0-author on a book about Knox and a former FBI agent.
What happens now?
“They will try to extradite Amanda and that’s not going to go anywhere,” says Moore.
He said the verdict came as no surprise.
“Every single bit of evidence all the way down has been thrown out but what happened was the Supreme Court [there] decided Amanda needed be convicted,” said Moore.
This was Knox’s third trial. In this trial, she was tried in absentia.
She already spent four years in an Italian prison and was acquitted in 2011. In that trial, the courts cited major flaws in DNA evidence and accused a prosecutor of misconduct.
Moore doesn’t believe Italy has much legal ground to stand on demanding this country return Knox to their jurisdiction.
He says Italy frequently declines America’s request for extradition, causing tension between the two countries.
Moore also maintains the trials violate America’s system of double jeopardy.
The author says the real killer, a convicted felon whose DNA was found all over the crime scene, is set to be released later this year.