But last July, Sollecito changed his story saying he was no longer “sure” that the pair, who had met only a week earlier, were actually together the entire time.
Sollecito also noted last year that he found Knox’s actions “peculiar” after the couple found Kercher’s bloody corpse on the floor of the cottage where the roommates lived.
Prosecutors didn't give up either, though, and the pair were convicted again in 2014—though by then Knox, sentenced to another 28 years in prison, was long since back in the United States.
Sollecito, however, was in Italy and was once again taken into custody.
Raffaele Sollecito, the former lover of exonerated murder suspect Amanda Knox says he is still “friends” with Knox — but “nothing more.” Sollecito was previously convicted of helping the American college student murder her roommate.
Now, the 31-year-old Italian told the media on Monday that he hopes to move on with his life.
Finally, in March 2015, Italy's highest court—the Court of Cassation—vacated both convictions, determining there were "stunning flaws" in the investigation.
In June 2015, Knox was charged in absentia of slandering the Italian police.
So much information presented by the police, the court, the media and everyone in between—but also so many distorted observations and flat-out assumptions. Obviously Knox made Sollecito and Guede do it with her manipulative, seductive ways. It was practically the Manson family all over again.
So many things to this day that still don't make sense. The devious American girl and her Italian boyfriend smoked pot—and had sex! And yet the Court of Cassation, which in itself sounds ripped from a page penned by J. Rowling, would rule eight years after the murder that Knox and Sollecito's guilt or innocence probably could have been definitively determined in 2007 if the authorities' investigation hadn't been so inept.
American student Amanda Knox, one of Kercher's roommates, was convicted of the murder—as were the Italian man Knox had been dating at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and Rudy Guede, a man originally from Ivory Coast who Kercher had met at their neighbors' place downstairs.