MILAN -- Amanda Knox's slander trial in Italy has been postponed until next year because the judge was busy with another trial.
Knox faces a charge of slander in Perugia for publicly accusing police of physically and verbally abusing her during questioning after the 2007 slaying of her British roommate. A court on Thursday suspended the case until Feb. 5.
Knox's murder conviction was overturned on appeal last year after the court ruled there was no conclusive evidence of her involvement in Meredith Kercher's murder. The 24-year-old U.S. student was freed after four years in jail and returned home.
The same appeals court upheld a conviction of slander against Knox for falsely accusing a bar owner of involvement in the murder. Knox is appealing that conviction.
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.
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.
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.
Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests.
Knox and Sollecito's trial begins.
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.
Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito.
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.
Knox appears at a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial.
Knox briefly reappears in an Italian court for a hearing on possible police slander charges.
Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held.
Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.
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.
The appeal trial for both Knox and Sollecito is scheduled to open in Perugia.
The 23-year-old was convicted in December 2010 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.
Knox chats with her lawyer Carlo Della Vedova.
Sollecito, right, is escorted by a penitentiary police guard as he arrives for a hearing in the appeals trial.
Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard.