Italy frees man guilty of killing Amanda Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher

ROM – The only person convicted of the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher was released Tuesday after serving most of his 16-year prison sentence, his lawyer said.

Attorney Fabrizio Ballarini said Rudy Guede’s planned January 4 release had been postponed for a few weeks by a judge and he was released on Tuesday. He will continue to work in the library of the Center for Criminological Studies in Viterbo, Ballarini said in an email.

Guede had already been allowed to leave prison during the day to work at the center while serving his sentence for the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Kercher.

The case in the university town of Perugia gained international fame after Kercher’s American roommate Amanda Knox and Knox’s boyfriend at the time were suspected. Both were initially convicted, but Italy’s highest court dismissed the convictions in 2015 after a series of flip-flop rulings.

Guede was originally sentenced on an expedited basis. He denied killing Kercher.

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