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September 7th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Amanda Knox judge: No new DNA evidence

The judge in the Amanda Knox trial Wednesday rejected a prosecution request for new DNA testing as the American fights her conviction for killing her British housemate, Meredith Kercher.

Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellman also rejected prosecution efforts to introduce newly found records about the original testing and to hear a new witness - all victories for Knox's defense, which opposed the motions.

Knox's father Curt told CNN after the rulings he was optimistic his daughter would come home soon.

But Francesco Maresca, a lawyer representing the Kercher family, said the rulings were not a defeat, and that he understood why the judge rejected the requests.

The judge adjourned the hearing until September 23, when final arguments are expected to begin. The earliest possible verdict date is September 29, under a timetable released by the judge Wednesday.

Knox and her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were found guilty of the killing in 2009, two years after Kercher's semi-naked body was found in the house they shared inPerugia,Italy.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito got 25. A third defendant, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate fast-track trial.

Lawyers fighting for Knox and Sollecito this week have worked to cast doubt on DNA evidence found on the knife and Kercher's bra clasp.

DNA on the knife used to kill Kercher could not have been from blood, a forensic expert testifying for Knox's defense told the court Wednesday.

CNN’s Drew Griffin traveled to Perugia, Italy, where he was granted a rare interview with Italian Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini for CNN Presents: “Murder Abroad: The Amanda Knox Story.”


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