PERUGIA, Italy – The sister of slain British student Meredith Kercher urged the court to weigh the evidence against Amanda Knox and not pay attention to the "media hype" surrounding the high-profile case.
Stephanie Kercher, her mother and her brother were in Perugia for the verdict. At a press conference, Kercher said her sister "has been mostly forgotten" and that it was difficult to keep her memory alive.
She said: "As long as they decide today based purely on the information available to them and they don't look into the media hype, I think justice will be found."
Stephanie Kercher spoke to reporters as the eight-member jury on Monday deliberated the fate of Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito, who are appealing their 2009 murder convictions.