Experts contest DNA evidence at Knox trial



ROME (AP) — Independent forensic experts are disputing much of the forensic evidence collected against Amanda Knox, saying that some of the DNA traces used to convict the American student and her co-defendant may have been contaminated.

Prosecutors maintained in the first trial that Knox’s DNA was found on the handle of a kitchen knife they believe to be the murder weapon, and that the DNA of victim Meredith Kercher was found on the blade. They say the DNA of co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito was found on the clasp of Kercher’s bra.

The court-appointed experts said in a report Wednesday obtained by The Associated Press that the genetic profile attributed to Kercher is “unreliable” and that results may have been contaminated on both the blade and bra clasp.