Mysterious Bloody Sweater Evidence Emerges in Amanda Knox Case--Further Discredits Prosecution

by jeeg 16. September 2011 19:48

The bra clasp and the kitchen knife.

For years now, we've been told that slain British student Meredith Kercher's bra clasp and a kitchen knife found in the home of Italian student Raffaele Sollecito and handed by Seattle student Amanda Knox were the most crucial pieces of DNA evidence in the case that put them both in prison.

It turns out that there was also another piece of evidence--one that investigators barely bothered to check and never mentioned during any of the trials.

That evidence is a blood-soaked sweater that was found in the room where Kercher was murdered and was allowed to sit, balled up in the bottom of a dirty-clothes hamper, for 46 days after the murder.

The sweater story was broken yesterday by Italian newspaper Oggi.

The Daily Caller reports:

Walter Patumi, a forensic expert hired by Knox's defense team, told Oggi that while an Italian squad of "scientific police" were supposed to be investigating the crime scene, this key piece of evidence sat at the bottom of a basket of dirty laundry and was only identified after much of the crime scene evidence had already been moved.

"I can't tell you how embarrassed the police were when I showed them [the sweatshirt]," Patumi told Italian GQ this week. Fueled by Patumi's explosive revelation, some in the Italian media are now suggesting police may have planted the garment there.

What, if any, DNA evidence was pulled from the sweater is unclear. But that it's never been mentioned by prosecutors would certainly suggest that it doesn't implicate Knox or Sollecito (which also goes against accusations of it being planted, and more strongly suggests simple negligence).

The prosecution and forensics team in the Knox case has done everything it can to fend off accusations that it did woefully shoddy work in collecting, storing, and testing evidence collected at the crime scene.

An independent report ordered by the court during Knox's appeal found that DNA evidence was either too small or too contaminated to test. The report also found fault with the unclean, sloppy manner in which the evidence was collected.

The lead forensic scientist on the case, Patrizia Stefanoni, has spent more time defending her reputation and ego than she has looking for the truth.

No doubt that a bloody sweater being left to fester for nearly two months casts even more doubt that the investigators are anything remotely approaching professionals.

A decision on Knox and Sollecito's appeal is expected by the end of the month.

We're thinking Knox should be looking for an apartment.

Curtis Cartier, Seattle Weekly

 

 

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