A lawyer for Amanda Knox says a 200-page appeal filed in Italy over the weekend includes new evidence pointing to his client's innocence. In an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America this morning, Philadelphia lawyer Ted Simon says that a witness has come forward who "states for the first time" that the former Seattle college student and her onetime boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito "were not present and were not involved" in the murder of Knox's British roommate in the Italian town of Perugia.
Amanda's Knox's lawyer says new witnesses have come forward.
Simon didn't say how this person would know who was present and who was not, and he couldn't be reached immediately be for an explanation. Knox and Sollecito were both convicted of the crime in December.
Simon also told the TV show that Sollecito's separate appeal contains testimony from another person who overheard Rudy Guede, a third defendant convicted of the murder, say that Knox and her boyfriend were not at the crime scene.
Knox better hope that this evidence has some substance behind it because prosecutors have now given her even more to worry about.Last week, prosecutors filed their own appeal objecting to Knox's 26-year-sentence as too lenient. They are asking that she be given a life sentence.
"We are not at all convinced by the court's decision to give Knox and Sollecito a reduced sentence because of their young age and their clean records," prosecutor Giuliano Mignini told Britain's Mail Online. "The court also ruled that they could not agree on a motive but we strongly believe we demonstrated this was a callous sex murder caused by drink and drugs."
But Knox's legal team continues to ask: Where's the evidence? "There was no hair, no fiber, no footprint, no shoeprint, no fingerprint, no DNA, no blood, nothing," Simon told Good Morning America. The Idaho Innocence Project, among others supporting Knox, has suggested that she has been crucified instead for her supposedly abnormal behavior after the murder, including doing a cartwheel in the police station.