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Amanda Knox May Return To Italian Court For Parents' Defamation Case

Posted: 03/30/2012 2:43 pm Updated: 03/30/2012 2:43 pm

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Amanda Knox looks up as she talks to reporters, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Will Amanda Knox return to an Italian court? It's unlikely. Yet the Seattle native may serve as a witness to defend her parents, Curt Knox and Edda Mellas, who are facing charges for defaming five Italian police officers, ABC reports.

"Amanda will probably not come back to Italy,'' Carlo Dalla Vedova, Knox's attorney, told ABC. "If she has to testify, she will probably do so via video conference, which is allowed."

Perugia police accused Knox's parents of libel over an interview with the Sunday Times in which Knox's father said that police had physically and verbally abused his daughter during questioning. The police have denied the accusations.

According to the Associated Press, a hearing in the case was scheduled for Friday but had been postponed because key witnesses were not able to attend. The meeting was rescheduled for January 24.

Knox is the only witness expected to defend her parents, ABC writes.

Last year, 24-year-old Amanda Knox was released from prison after a Perugia court overturned an earlier conviction of murder. The court cleared Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of the brutal slaying of their former British roommate Meredith Kercher.

Timeline of events in Amanda Knox trial:
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  • Nov. 2, 2007

    British student Meredith Kercher, 21, is found murdered in the Perugia, Italy apartment she shares with 20-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student. Post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity before death.

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Knox and 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (right) are arrested. Knox's boss, 38-year-old bar owner Patrick Lumumba, is also arrested after revealing he'd canceled Knox's shift the night Kercher is murdered. He is released Nov. 19.

  • Oct. 28, 2008

    A third suspect, 20-year-old drug dealer Rudy Hermann Guede, is sentenced to 30 years in jail after confessing to being in the house on the night of the murder. He maintains his innocence, instead blaming an Italian stranger for the crime.

  • Sept. 26, 2008

    Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests.

  • Jan. 16, 2009

    Knox and Sollecito's trial begins.

  • March 6, 2009

    After claiming she was pressured to name a suspect, Knox tells the court she was at Sollecito's house when Kercher's murder took place.

  • Nov. 21, 2009

    Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito.

  • Dec. 4, 2009

    Jury retires to consider verdicts. Both defendants are found guilty. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years. On Dec. 19, Guede's sentence is decreased to 16 years.

  • June 17, 2010

    Knox appears at a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial.

  • Oct. 1, 2010

    Knox briefly reappears in an Italian court for a hearing on possible police slander charges.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held.

  • Nov. 8, 2010

    Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox returns to court for the start of her appeals trial, about a year after the American student was convicted of killing her British roommate in a case that drew global attention.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The appeal trial for both Knox and Sollecito is scheduled to open in Perugia.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The 23-year-old was convicted in December 2010 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox chats with her lawyer Carlo Della Vedova.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Sollecito, right, is escorted by a penitentiary police guard as he arrives for a hearing in the appeals trial.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard.

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