Raffaele Sollecito, best known as the former boyfriend of Amanda Knox who was recently found guilty again in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, is speaking out for the first time about doubts he has regarding Knox’s innocence. He told and Italian TV station that he had plenty of “questions” about her role in the incident and was still haunted by her actions in the hours before Kercher’s body was found. Sollecito is currently promoting his memoir, Honor Bound.
In the interview, Sollecito revealed that Knox left his apartment to take a shower and returned hours later with claims that her home had been broken into. This all transpired hours before Kercher’s body was found. “Certainly I asked her questions,” said Sollecito. “Why did you take a shower? Why did she spend so much time there? Seven years later, I still don’t have answers.”
In recent months, the pair have grown distant due to Knox’s rejection of his marriage proposal and her new relationship with boyfriend James Terrano. Sollecito also claims to resent Knox for refusing to help him flee the U.S. and escape justice in Italy. A re-trial earlier this year found both of them guilty for Kercher’s murder a second time. Sollecito is appealing the ruling, but faces 25 years in prison.
A Italian court sentenced Knox in absentia to 28 years and six months in prison, but she is refusing to return and serve her sentence. “[The verdict] hit me like a train. I will never go willingly back … I’m going to fight this to the very end. It’s not right and it’s not fair,” she said. “I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much more from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent once before.”