Amanda Knox To Take Stand in Murder Trial

Before the judges and jurors hear from Knox there will be a somber day in court when the family members of Meredith Kercher take the stand. Kercher's mother, sister and one of her brothers will travel to Perugia from England on June 6 to testify in court, according to their lawyer, Francesco Maresca. They are civil plaintiffs in the case against Knox and Sollecito. It is not clear what their testimony will be, but she may speak about the last time they spoke to Meredith, and her plans and state of mind that day.

In this next phase of the trial, the focus may shift from Knox, who holds a strange fascination for press and public (far more so than her ex-boyfriend Raffaele), to the person who in many ways the trial and certainly the press, has lost sight of – the victim. Who was Meredith Kercher, and what was she like?

In the meantime, Perugia prosecutors Giuliano Mignini and Manuela Comodi closed their case today, after four months of hearings and more than 80 witnesses.

Nothing new emerged from the four senior police officials who testified today, except, perhaps, another example of strange behavior by Knox.

The director of the Violent Crime department of the Police, Edgardo Giobbi, told the court that when, on the day after the murder, he handed Knox (not yet a suspect) a pair of shoe covers before entering the apartment below hers, she swiveled her hips and said "oopla." This attitude made him turn his "investigative attention" on her, he said.

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