The Italian prosecutor who put Amanda Knox behind bars for the murder of her roommate has told how the couple struck up an unexpected bond after they were acquitted of the crime.
Giuliano Mignini led the case against Knox, who was just 20 when she was accused of helping her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito kill her study abroad roommate Meredith Kercher on November 1, 2007 in Perugia.
She then spent 4 years behind bars before her original conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011 – only to be tried again in absentia a few years later. She and Sollecito were finally exonerated in 2015.
Mignini, who is now retired, spoke to the Telegraph this week to mark 15 years since the vicious crime that grabbed global headlines.
While he still believes Knox was at the scene of the murder, he admitted she “has changed a lot and I think I can say I know her.”
Knox and Mignini began corresponding two years ago, when Knox, now 35, sent a note to the retired lawyer through a priest she had known from his time in prison .
The couple then exchanged holiday cards and family photos, and finally met in person at a secret meeting in June.
Mignini told the outlet how thrilled he was to meet Knox’s baby girl, Eureka Muse, and her husband Christopher Robinson.
“Now she has a family and a beautiful little girl named Eureka and is involved in an interesting project regarding justice in the United States,” he said. “We have different ideas about the lawsuit that involved us, but now I have a good opinion of her.”
Meanwhile, Mignini is still actively pushing for justice for Kercher. Fingerprints at the initial crime scene were later identified as belonging to Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede, who was ultimately convicted of the murders separately from Knox and Sollecito.
Guede was released in 2021, having served 13 years of his 16-year sentence.
“You ask me if there was justice for Meredith, and painfully I have to say no, she didn’t get justice,” Mignini told the Telegraph. He is currently working on plans to have a street in Perugia named after Kercher.
“I hope the street [Via Della Pergola] will be dedicated to Meredith,” he said. “There’s already a plaque in her honor, but that’s the least Perugia can do to remember this girl from London who died in my town.”
Mignini’s comments came shortly after news broke that Knox and Sollecito had also met in Italy to travel on the scheduled date for the day Kercher’s body was found. Sollecito, now a software engineer in Milan, met Knox’s daughter and husband and spent time catching up away from the spotlight of their ordeal.
“It was bittersweet to go back because we were supposed to go under such different circumstances, but it was just nice for us to be able to talk about something that wasn’t,” he said. he declared to the Mirror of the appointment.
New York Post