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Surveillance footage casts doubt on Amanda Knox’s alibi

A screen grab of the unidentified woman in the surveillance video and Amanda Knox.

A screen grab of the unidentified woman in the surveillance video and Amanda Knox.

An Italian news show’s exposé of a woman’s image in a surveillance video would cast doubt on the alibi of Amanda Knox on the night of her roommate’s murder. If she is lying, then why?

Italian news show Quarto Grado recently aired surveillance footage shown here from a parking garage near the apartment where English exchange student Meredith Kercher was brutally killed on November 1, 2007. The video shows a woman leaving a parking garage near the students’ apartment minutes before confessed killer Rudy Guede enters it. The unidentified woman looks strikingly like Meredith’s roommate Amanda Knox, and even seems to be wearing her clothes. But, at that time Knox is on record saying that she was already at her boyfriend’s house for the night.

The report points out that despite the testimony of several people that Knox was with new flame Raffaele Sollecito all night, a text received on her phone at 8:18 p.m. places her on her way to work, nowhere near Sollecito’s house. The text  was from Patrick Lumumba, her boss at the time, giving Knox the night off.

The report continues saying that according to police, the time stamp on motion-sensor camera #7 of the Saint Anthony Parking Garage shows 8:53 p.m., but is reportedly off by give or take 10 minutes, meaning that the unidentified woman left the parking garage sometime between 8:40 and 9:05 that night. Meredith arrived at 9:15 p.m.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito after the murder.

Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito after the murder.

This would seem to present a gap of at least 30 minutes in Knox’s alibi, and would seem to dovetail nicely with Sollecito’s November 5 statement to police that he was out that night until 9 p.m. In the report, Sollecito tells police that at 9 p.m. on November 1 he and Amanda parted ways and went home alone. Amanda reportedly told him she was going to meet friends at the pub Le Chic. When Sollecito got home, the report continues, “I got on the computer and I smoked a joint.” Sollecito said he stayed at the computer until Amanda arrived at around 1 a.m.

Sollecito later changed his story to agree with Amanda’s account that she was with him the whole night at his house. While the video does not place Knox at the murder scene, it does seem to catch her in another lie. The known lie Knox paid for with prison time. She implicated Lumumba in the murder, and later admitted to having slandered him.

There has so far been no comment from investigators or prosecutors on the woman in the video.

Murder in Umbria, the murder of Meredith Kercher

Amanda Knox and the Murder of Meredith Kercher

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