Raffaele Sollecito was twenty three years old at the time of Meredith Kercher's murder. He is three years older than Amanda Knox. He had only been dating Amanda Knox for six days when Meredith Kercher was murdered. Raffaele is from an affluent family. He is the son of a urologist from Bari.
Raffaele stated that he was home spending an evening with Amanda on the night of Meredith's murder. Expert analysis done on Raffaele's computer showed that he was active on his computer at 9:46 p.m.
Raffaele's computer could have provided valuable evidence for Raffaele's defense, but the evidence was destroyed by the police. Raffaele told the authorities that he was active on his computer at the time of Meredith's death. Raffaele's browsing history would have provided valuable information. This history was erased when the police at the station decided to use Raffaele's computer to surf the web. This was just another example of the extremely poor evidence handling in this case.
The prosecution claimed Raffaele's DNA was on a severed bra clasp found in Meredith's room. The defense argued that the DNA on the clasp was contaminated when it was left on the floor for 47 days after the murder. The clasp contained DNA from several different people other than Meredith and Raffaele, proving that it was contaminated.
The bra clasp is central to the prosecution's case. No other evidence links either Raffaele or Amanda to the room where the murder took place. This is a very important point. This piece of evidence has been proven to be completely useless. There is no evidence whatsoever placing Amanda Knox or Raffaele Sollecito in the room at the time of Meredith's murder.
There was a partial bloody footprint found on a bathmat in the bathroom. The prosecution tried to associate that footprint with Raffaele. It was proven that their analysis was flawed. The measurements used to compare footprints were incorrect.
In a letter to Telenorba, Raffaele writes -
"and it's useless for me to get angry or to try to shout my innocence since neither the judges nor the investigators nor others listen to me."
"I am totally impotent here. My only hope is to wait for the truth to be discovered."
Raffaele's diary written November, 2007
In police headquarters they tortured to me psychologically, put to me in shackles and made me strip in front of the scientific, I was even barefoot.
Now I can say that I understand what it means to take a walk in hell and I pray to God that nothing more happens to me, on the contrary I hope for the good heart of the court. Those of the squadra mobile, that god would strike with lightning! No joke, but it is difficult to be sympathetic after all that I went through. They want to paint me as the genius of computer crime.
who have seen and are my neighbors, who have known me and know that a characteristic of mine, which some time can be a fault, is my total inability to do evil.
My personality is a combination of many weights and measures adopted to find tranquility and peace in everyday life made of small battles and conquests.
I live in a reality show nightmare, the 'nightmare reality show'.
Oh God, it is not their fault but of the... who take everything that they can involve in this story. I want to think about other things, think of my friends who are close to me and think of fathers in these moments that will stay very badly and will be worried and I am very sorry. I do not know what to do. Please Jesus give me the strength and reason to deal with this situation and I pray to support also dad who is sustaining an absurd situation.
They are keeping me in jail because there is a kitchen knife with a trace of Meredith's DNA. It seems like a horror movie
Looking back and remembering it came to mind that the night dad sent me an sms message of goodnight to be indiscreet (knowing that I was with Amanda), then the day after Amanda repeated to me that if she had not
been with me at this time she would be dead.
What an absurd story, all ready to point the finger when nothing is known yet. I hope that my father is well, and also all those who watch this absurd event. I hope the real truth comes to surface.
I have read in the newspapers that this story is taking an enormous media dimension and all that scares me a lot, because if they don't have the hit act it becomes impossible to calm them.
Oh God, oh God, what a mess! They don't understand anything! Who and what have stuck me in this story?
I hope that the truth will soon become clear, and I could leave the prison.
Meanwhile outside I watch the clouds and begin to pretend to draw the sky looking for an answer to me, this life, destiny, it seems all so mysterious, imperceptible, like a point of light intense in a tunnel completely obscure... I follow the light, the hope, no, that I won't lose ever; my life does not end here; my destiny I follow until the bottom ... There's someone
that watches me and moves the threads of a destiny determined by my choices.
I await with patience my future; at times it frightens me, we know who could really expect anything. Life is a road long and dark , but I haven't lost hope. After the storm there is the rainbow. Strength Raf! One of the giovinazzesi; one of them, one of them!
There is no credible evidence linking Raffaele Sollecito to the murder of Meredith Kercher.
On December 4, 2009, Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito were wrongfully convicted for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
On October 3, 2011, Amanda and Raffaele were declared innocent on appeal and were released from prison.
On March 26, 2013, The Italian Supreme Court overturned the acquittals of Amanda and Raffaele and ordered a new trial.
- Amanda and Raffaele are considered legally innocent and remain free.
- The Italian Supreme Court has ordered that specific aspects (not yet known) of the case must be sent back to the appellate level for review. This site will be updated when information becomes available.