October 26, 2008
Defendant Says He Was Framed in Killing
Rudy Guede's attorney says his client was framed in the death of Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student slain in Italy last year.
A verdict is expected Tuesday in Guede's case, while a judge is expected to rule this week on whether Amanda Knox, 21, of Seattle, and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 24, are to be tried for murder, The Sunday Times of London reported.
Lawyers for Knox and Sollecito have suggested a burglar, possibly Guede, killed Kercher when she found him in the house. Biscotti claims Guede had consensual sex with Kercher that night but did not rape her. Guede, who was born in the Ivory Coast and grew up in Italy, has been portrayed as a drifter by Knox and Sollecito's lawyers, the Times reported.
Prosecutors have argued the three defendants killed Kercher during an erotic game and that it was Knox who cut Kercher's throat.