Amanda Knox Isn't 'Amanda the Ripper,' Lawyer Argues

When she mentioned Lumumba, she also put herself at the scene of the murder, Bongiorno said. And when Sollecito's description of where he and Knox were that night differed somewhat, Knox did not contest it.

These are not the actions of someone who is "the evil witch, the ripper, the devil for whom lying is her daily bread."

Speaking to the jurors, Bongiorno said, "You have to interpret her, analyze her personality and you have to conclude that she is either a ripper or a confused young girl. I find it difficult to imagine her so cunning -- otherwise that night she would have defended herself, not become confused."

During a break in today's hearing, Amanda's mother, Edda Mellas, agreed with Bongiorni.

"Finally, someone has described the real Amanda. She us indeed naive, spontanous, all the words Bongiorno used. That is Amanda. She is like Amelie."

The lawyer also ripped into the evidence, focusing her defense largely on Sollecito.

Prosecutors have claimed that a bloody shoe print matched Sollecito's shoe, but investigators later admitted it was not his.

"One mistake after another leads to a judicial error," Bongiorno said. "In this case many judges made a mistake in good faith. This is a warning to you."

The kitchen knife that was found in Sollecito's home and portrayed by prosecutors as the murder weapon was also criticized, citing defense experts who testified that the blade was not compatible with Kercher's wounds.

A speck of Kercher's DNA was found on the knife, but the amount was too low to do a second test to confirm it was Kercher's DNA. 'You have to decide if too low means that the trace could be analyzed or not," she said.

Bongiorno reminded the jury that the charges claim a conspiracy to murder among Knox, Sollecito and a third man, Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast immigrant who has already been convicted and sentenced to 30 years.

But Bongiorno asked how could the trio conspire when Sollecito and Guede had not met until the preliminary hearing of the murder charges. She dismissed prosecution witness who said they saw the two men together that night.

"If Raffaele and Rudy did not know each other, and they didn't, how could they possibly conspire together?" she asked.

In addition, Bongiorno tried to insert doubt about the prosecution's timeline of events. She said an analysis of food in Kercher's stomach suggested that Kercher died between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., not between 11:30 p.m. and midnight as prosecutors claim. Computer records show that Sollecito was on his computer until 9:10 p.m.

She also attacked the prosecution's claim that Sollecito, 25, joined in on the attack in a frenzy while high on drugs.

Lawyer Defending Amanda Knox Tells Jurors to 'Doubt' Prosecution Claims

"I refuse to analyze a motive that does not exist. I want hear in the rebuttals why a young student, who had just started dating a girl, who was about to graduate, would suddenly commit such a crime," Bongiorno said.

The lawyer urged the jurors to doubt what the prosecution has told them.

"You must open yourselves to doubt, and you must go back over the trial documents. Check everything that has been said. I won't fear your decision if you study the papers," she said.

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