"I thought that what I had heard was not important," Monacchia said today of why she didn't go to police earlier.
Both Knox and Sollecito were present in court, as they have been for all of the hearings. Knox smiled as she greeted her lawyers, and looked relaxed and confident, in jeans and a blue sweater. Sollecito was also smiling and seemed more relaxed now than on other occasions. He blew a kiss at his stepmother during a break.
Knox's mother, Edda Mellas, is in Perugia to visit her daughter but is not allowed in court because she will be called as a witness. She was allowed into an adjacent room where she was able to see her daughter at the end of the hearing.
Mellas told reporters that Knox said today's hearing "was good" and that they hugged each other before she was taken back to prison. She said she brought her daughter books, including one by Herman Hesse in German, music CDs from friends, and flip flops.
In the afternoon, testimony focused on Knox's co-defendant, Sollecito.
The director of a student dormitory in Perugia where Sollecito lived from 2003 to 2005 testified that he was "taciturn, introverted and shy" and that he often blushed.
Another student who also lived in the dorm at that time and was friends with Sollecito used very similar terms to describe the young student, confirming his quiet and reserved nature. The dormitory director told the court that Sollecito read Japanese Manga comics, watched many films and was once caught watching a sexually explicit movie.
Antonio Galizia, a police chief from Sollecito's hometown in southern Italy, said in court today that in 2003 Sollecito and some friends were caught in possession of one ounce of hashish at a nearby beach. That was, however, the only time Sollecito had been in trouble with the law.
When asked by Sollecito's lawyer Luca Maori, Galizia also testified that Sollecito's mother, who died when he was a teenager, had not committed suicide.
Maori later told reporters that Sollecito had agreed to have his mother's death discussed in court, so, as he said, "we can clarify once and for all that she died from natural causes." There had been repeated reports in the press that it was a suicide and that this had traumatized Sollecito.
Sollecito turned 25 Thursday and celebrated his second birthday in custody since being arrested for Kercher's murder. For the occasion he received a birthday card from Knox, which said simply "Happy Birthday Raffaele," according to his lawyers. For Knox's birthday in August, Sollecito sent her flowers.
The two did not greet each other or exchange glances in court today.