Boise State DNA expert anxiously awaits Knox decision

Boise State DNA expert anxiously awaits Knox decision

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by Kim Fields

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Posted on March 25, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 6:00 AM

BOISE -- The Boise State DNA expert and Director of the Idaho Innocence Project who helped free Amanda Knox of murder charges in 2011 awaits a big decision from Italy's top criminal court.  The court is expected to announce early Tuesday morning whether to retry Knox for murdering her British roommate.

"We're ready to do whatever we have to do, sure," said Dr. Greg Hampikian.

The Washington state native had been convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2007. Kercher's body was found in a pool of blood in her bedroom in the rented apartment she shared with Knox and others in town of Perugia, where they were exchange students.  Kercher's throat was slashed.  Prosecutors say she was the victim of a a drug fueled sexual assault.

Knox was later acquitted by an appeals court, but not after spending four years in an Italian prison.

The DNA research Hampikian conducted at his Boise State lab helped free her.  His expert work determined the evidence collected at the murder scene in Italy was contaminated and inconclusive.

"Even though all of the science speaks very clearly that she's innocent, why are they doing this again?" asked Hampikian.

Italy's highest court heard six hours of arguments on Monday in this second and final stage of appeals.  Prosecutors argued a new trial could allow for more definitive DNA testing.

"I just can't imagine this is going to go to another trial, but if it does we're prepared to go to trial again," said Hampikian.

Hampikian, who remains in contact with Knox's family, says they are anxiously awaiting the announcement from Italy's high court.

"I mean how would you feel if you're daughter's acquitted of murder after having spent four years in prison and then they're revisiting it," said Hampikian.

Knox, who is now 25, is reportedly in Seattle with her family awaiting the decision.

Hampikian says she has not lost her love of Italy, despite having spent four years in prison for a murder an appeals court says she didn't commit.  But now, Knox could be tried all over again.

"It would be a terrific miscarriage of justice if they have to go through a trial again," said Hampikian.  "I can't imagine what that would be like for everybody."

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