Murder Trial of American Coed Amanda Knox to Begin in Italy

The murder trial of University of Washington student Amanda Knox is set to begin tomorrow in Italy in the city of Perugia, where she went to study.

The 21-year-old from Seattle and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are accused of stabbing her housemate, Meredith Kercher, in November 2007 in a sexual assault. Both say they are not guilty. If convicted they could face life in prison.

Another man, Rudy Hermann Guede of Ivory Coast, was convicted in October in a fast-track trial and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Prosecutors have indicated the court intends to hold a maximum of two sessions of the trial each week. Lawyers say it could last a year.

Kercher's family is seeking to have the proceedings closed to the public and the media to prevent sensitive evidence from being broadcast.

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