ROME – The Italian appeals court judge who was part of the jury which acquitted Amanda Knox said in a TV interview Wednesday night that the American and her ex-boyfriend might know the "real truth" about who killed her British roommate and could even be responsible.
In his first public comments since Knox and her Italian co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, were acquitted Monday night, Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann stressed on state TV that the acquittals "resulted from the truth that was created in the trial."
"But the real truth could be different," Hellmann added. "They could also be responsible but the proof isn't there," the judge said in his first public comments on the verdict. Under the Italian judicial system, the presiding judge, another judge and six civilians make up the jury.
"So, maybe they know, too, but as far as we (the jury) go, they didn't," he added.
Knox and Sollecito have vehemently denied wrongdoing in the 2007 stabbing death of Meredith Kercher. Knox flew home to Seattle on Tuesday, her first full day out of jail since she was arrested a few days after the murder.
Asked who knew the truth about the slaying, Pratillo Hellmann referred to a third defendant, Rudy Guede, who was convicted of Kercher's murder in a separate trial and is serving a 16-year sentence in Italy.
"Certainly Rudy Guede" knows. "I won't say he's the only one to know," the judge added.
Referring to Knox and Sollecito, who were both convicted of sexual assault and murder in a the lower court trial, the judge said that "maybe the two defendants also know" what really happened in the murder, but "our verdict of acquittal is the result of the truth that was created in the trial."
Guede, of the Ivory Coast, has denied wrongdoing but has acknowledged being in the house when Kercher was slain.