Suspect in student’s death in Italy left a DNA match

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I can confirm that the DNA test result” confirmed that Guede had sex with the victim on the night of the slaying, said an investigator on the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to media about the investigation. The investigator declined to give other details. Authorities began tracking Guede after a bloody fingerprint indicated there was another suspect in the killing of the 21-year-old Kercher, whose body was found in a rented flat in Perugia on Nov. 2. He was arrested in Germany when riding a train without a ticket. Jailed in Perugia are two other suspects: Amanda Marie Knox, 20, a University of Washington student from Seattle, who shared the flat with Kercher, and Knox’s Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 23. Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing. A third suspect, Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a 38-year-old Congolese, was released earlier this week for lack of evidence. Knox wrote in a jailhouse statement that police hit her on the head during questioning and that her sometimes-conflicting statements were prompted by stress and exhaustion, Italian media reported Thursday. Police in the central Italian city of Perugia declined to comment on the allegations. Italian newspapers quoted Knox as writing in a three-page handwritten statement on Nov. 6, the day of her arrest: “I was told that I would be arrested and put in jail for 30 years. When I didn’t remember things I was hit in the head, but I understand the stress of the police.” The statement was obtained by the Italian dailies Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica and La Stampa, which carried excerpts translated from English. Knox’s lawyer did not answer telephone calls seeking confirmation and the newspapers did not say how they obtained the statement. Knox said she had “serious doubts” about statements made to investigators before her arrest because she spoke “under the pressure of stress, shock and because I was exhausted.” She did not elaborate. Among the confusing statements that have emerged are Knox’s whereabouts at the time of the killing. A judge’s order upholding Knox’s detention noted that she was confused about the events because she had smoked hashish that night. Four days before she was arrested, Knox said she had spent the night with Sollecito at his flat and only returned to the place she shared with Kercher the following morning, Nov. 2. But she later told investigators that another man killed Kercher while Knox was in another room, and that she covered her ears so she wouldn’t hear the victim’s screams. She had identified the man as Lumumba, who was arrested largely based on Knox’s recollections but released Tuesday. “I know I didn’t kill Meredith. I see Patrick in flashes as the murderer, but I can’t verify the truth the way it appears in my mind, because I don’t remember with certainty if I was there,” Knox wrote in the Nov. 6 statement. The autopsy found that Kercher was stabbed in the neck, and prosecutors said she was killed resisting a sexual assault. Her body was found on the floor of her blood-splattered bedroom. Authorities have said they found Knox’s DNA on the handle of a knife believed to have been the murder weapon and Kercher’s on the blade. The knife came from the kitchen of Sollecito’s Perugia apartment. Guede’s father defended his son. “My son is innocent,” Pacome Roger Guede told reporters in Perugia. He said his son had left Italy “because maybe he was afraid, very afraid for what he saw” at the house. “He has to come (back) to tell the truth, his version of it,” said the father, wiping away tears. He described his son as a “good boy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROME – An investigator said Thursday that DNA tests show that the latest suspect in the slaying of a British university student in Perugia had sex with the victim the night she was stabbed to death. The suspect, Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede, was arrested in Germany on Tuesday. He has denied involvement in the slaying. His attorney, Valter Biscotti, said he has not yet spoken with his client and could not comment on the DNA development. Genetic samples taken from Guede’s possessions matched fluids taken from the body of Meredith Kercher during an autopsy, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. last_img read more