Amanda Knox begs Meredith Kercher’s killer to clear her name

Amanda Knox is begging the man who murdered her roommate Meredith Kercher to finally clear her name after he was released early from prison.

Rudy Guede, 33, was freed in Italy Tuesday after a series of reductions to the 30-year prison sentence he was initially given in 2008 for the sex assault and murder of Kercher the previous year.

Knox — who spent four years behind bars before finally being acquitted — urged him to now tell the truth.

“Guede holds a tremendous power to heal others harmed by his actions,” Knox tweeted of Guede, who has always denied sexually assaulting and killing Kercher, whose body was found half-naked in her bedroom in Italy.

“He has the power to tell the truth, to take responsibility, to stop blaming me for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher, which a wealth of evidence shows he committed alone,” she wrote.

“Were he to actually acknowledge his responsibility, it would bring closure to the Kercher family, it would end the murky speculation around this case, it would restore my wrongly damaged reputation,” she wrote.

Rudy Guede was freed Tuesday after a series of reductions to the 30-year prison sentence he was initially given in 2008.
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It would also clear the name of Knox’s then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who was also convicted and then cleared of Kercher’s murder, with prosecutors claiming it happened during a drug-fueled sex game gone wrong.

Knox implored Guede to “admit to his actions” so that he could be known as “the man who killed Meredith Kercher and blamed an innocent American girl.”

“Guede could do all that right now,” Knox said.

Amanda Knox.
“[Rudy Guede] has the power to tell the truth, to take responsibility, to stop blaming me for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher,” Amanda Knox said.
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“He could ask for forgiveness. And if he did, if he showed true remorse and signs that he was committed to an honest life and to making amends for his terrible crimes, I would applaud him, wish him well, and urge others to see his humanity,” she said.

She described him as the man “whose fingerprints were found in Meredith’s blood, whose DNA was on her body, and who immediately fled the country while I was helping the police.”

“People change. Has Rudy?” she asked.

Meredith Kercher.
Meredith Kercher was found dead in the apartment she shared with Amanda Know with her throat cut and having been stabbed 47 times.
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“They say the truth will set you free. Today he’s free, and he has yet to tell the truth, allowing others to continue bearing the burden of his guilt,” she wrote.

Kercher’s 38-year-old sister, Stephanie, told the Mirror that his release came as “a shock” to the family.

“I always knew the day would be coming at some point, but for it to be early again is a bit of a surprise,” she said, saying that her family can only hope that “the justice system is right in its decision.”

Rudy Guede.
Amanda Knox referred to Rudy Guede as “the man who killed Meredith Kercher and blamed an innocent American girl.”
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Kercher’s half-naked body was found in November 2007 in a pool of blood in the cottage she shared with Knox in the Italian student town of Perugia. Her throat had been cut and she had been stabbed 47 times.

The gruesome case gained international notoriety after Knox — then a 21-year-old student from Seattle — and Sollecito were suspected of killing the UK exchange student in a sex game gone wrong.

They were initially found guilty of the murder, but their convictions were finally thrown out by Italy’s highest court in 2015 after a series of flip-flop decisions.

Amanda Knox.
Amanda Knox spent four years behind bars before finally being acquitted.
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Guede was initially sentenced to 30 years in prison, which was later knocked down to 16 years on appeal. His release was set for Jan. 4 next year but an Italian judge moved it up for good behavior and Guede walked free on Tuesday, his attorney, Fabrizio Ballarini, confirmed.

“My client has paid his debt to justice. He is a free man,” Ballarini told the Sun.

Guede had already been granted day release from prison to work in the library at the Viterbo-based Center for Criminology Studies and plans to continue working there, Ballarini said.

With Post wires