This timeline has been constructed based on evidence presented in this case along with witness testimony. The Micheli report was used to clarify certain aspects of the timeline along with phone records that were admitted as evidence during the trial. There are differing opinions on the time of death. The coroner was negligent and didn't record the body temperature until the following day. We will never have a definitive answer on the time of death. I believe Meredith was attacked at 8:56 pm by Rudy Guede. All though this information is not needed to prove the innocence of Raffaele and Amanda, a reasonable reconstruction of the nights events, puts Raffaele at home on his computer at the time of Meredith's attack.
November 1, 2007
1:00 p.m. Raffaele arrives at the cottage to eat lunch with Amanda.
Amanda, Raffaele and Meredith spent the afternoon together in the flat. Raffaele cooked lunch, Amanda strummed her guitar and sang. Meredith did some laundry and gave Amanda a fake tattoo. (Amanda was still wearing the tattoo when she went to prison)
4:00 p.m. After lunch Amanda played guitar with Raffaele. Around this time, Meredith left for the day. This is the last time Amanda and Raffaele would see Meredith alive.
4:00-4:30 p.m. Meredith arrives at her friend's house according to Meredith's friend Sophie Purton.
5 p.m. Amanda and Raffaele leave the cottage to spend the evening at Raffaele's apartment.
6:00 p.m. Meredith spends the evening with some friends. Meredith and her friends talk, eat pizza and watch "The Notebook" on DVD.
8:30 - 45 p.m. Guede is captured on the parking garage CCTV camera.
8:40 p.m. Amanda answers the door at Raffaele's flat. A music student, Jovana Popovic, rings the bell at Raffaele's to let Raffaele know that she no longer needs a ride to the train station. She gives this message to Amanda at the door.
8:45 p.m. Meredith decides to call it an evening. Meredith and her friend Sophie walk home together.
8:40 - 45 p.m. Rudy Guede breaks a window and enters Meredith's Cottage.
8:50 p.m. Meredith and her friend Sophie say goodnight near Sophie's apartment. Meredith continues walking to her apartment alone.
8:55 p.m. Meredith arrives home for the evening.
8:56 p.m. Meredith attempts to call her mom. The call is interrupted. I believe this call is interrupted because at this moment, Meredith is attacked by Rudy Guede.
9:10, 9:26 - 9:46 p.m. The scientific police crime lab determined Raffaele was active on his computer.
8:56 - 9:50 p.m. Meredith Kercher is attacked by Rudy Guede. At some point between 8:56 p.m and 9:30 p.m, Meredith is murdered. Meredith's family, her friends and the world, lose a beautiful young woman, to a senseless act of inhumanity.
10:00 p.m. Rudy Guede uses Meredith's UK cell phone to attempt call her UK bank.The call connects to a cell tower that services Ponte Rio, Montelaguardia, Perugia, Italy. This cell tower services the area where Meredith's phones would later be found. This is a different cell tower than the tower that services Meredith's cottage. This proves that Guede had already left Meredith's cottage and made his way back to the garden. It's a 10 minute walk from Meredith's cottage to the garden where her phones were found, Via Sperandio 5b, Perugia, Italy. Note that this area was also close to Guede's apartment.
10:13 p.m. Meredith's phone receives a picture message from a cell tower that services Ponte Rio, Montelaguardia, Perugia, Italy. The same tower that intercepted Guede's call to Meredith's bank. The phone was laying in the garden by 10:13 p.m. Guede had already discarded the phones at this time.
November 2, 2007
2:00 - 4:00 a.m. Rudy Guede is seen dancing at Domus disco. Guede will not be seen again until after his arrest in Germany.
10:30 a.m. Amanda Knox arrives back home to the cottage. Amanda comes home to take a shower. Amanda is alarmed because the front door is open. When she uses the bathroom to take her shower, she notices a very small streak of blood in the sink as well as a light stain on the bathmat. This would normally not raise any alarm. After all, it was a small amount of blood that could have resulted from a small cut on a finger or a nose bleed. Because the door had been left open, the small amount of blood adds to Amanda's concern. She notices that the toilet in the other bathroom has been left unflushed and that her flatmate Meredith's door is locked.
11:30 a.m. Amanda returns to Raffaele's apartment to let him know what she has seen. Amanda and Raffaele return to the cottage together.
11:50 a.m. Lana Elisabettais discovers two cell phones in her garden. She calls the Postal Police. The police trace one phone back to Meredith's flatmate Filomena Romanelli. Filomena lent this cell phone to Meredith Kercher. The other cell phone belongs to Meredith.
12:07 p.m. Amanda calls Meredith's UK phone number. There is no answer.
12:08 p.m. Amanda calls Filomena.
Filomena recalls: "While we were trying to park the car, I received a call from Amanda who told me that she had slept at Raffaele's house and that when she had gone back to our house she had found the door open and blood in her bathroom. She told me that she'd had a shower and that she was scared. It seemed really strange to me and I asked her to check that the house was in order and to call the police." (Note: Filomena remembers, incorrectly, receiving this call at 12:35.)
12:11 p.m. Amanda calls the Italian phone that Meredith had borrowed from Filomena.
12:11 p.m. Amanda calls Meredith's, UK phone again.
12:12 p.m. Filomena calls Amanda.
12:20 p.m. Filomena calls Amanda.
12:34 p.m. Filomena calls Amanda. In her witness statement, Filomena says, "We spoke to each other for the third time and she told me that the window in my room was broken and that my room was in a mess. At this point I asked her to call the police and she told me that she already had." (Note: Filomena remembers this call, incorrectly, as coming in at 12:45).
12:45 p.m. This is the actual time the Postal Police arrive at the gate.
12:46 p.m. Meredith's second phone is dropped off at police station.
12:47 p.m. Amanda calls her mother in Seattle.
12.50 p.m. Raffaele calls his sister Vanessa who is a police officer.
12:51 p.m. Raffaele calls 112. They said call back.
12:54 p.m. Raffaele calls 112 back and reports a possible robbery at the cottage.
12:55 pm Raffaele completes his 112 call
12:58 - 1:00 p.m. Postal Police arrive to the cottage. The Postal Police who are trying to find Filomena, as they had found two mobile phones and one of the numbers belongs to Filomena. Amanda thinks the phones are Meredith's. Amanda asks the police to break Meredith's door down. Amanda is unaware that the Postal Police are at the cottage from another call regarding the phones. Amanda assumes the police are there responding to Raffaele's call.
There have been some questions in regard to the arrival of the Postal Police. After learning that the clock was at least 10 to 12 minutes slow on the garage camera, we now know that the photo showing the car the Postal Police say was theirs corresponds to an actual time of 12:46 pm or later. Click here to view photographs.
It is unlikely that the Postal Police presented themselves at the cottage at 12:46 pm, because that would have been moments before Amanda placed her first call to her mother in Seattle, which cellular records logged at 12:47 pm. That call lasted 1 minute, 28 seconds. At 12:50 pm, Raffaele called his sister and then called the emergency number twice, which occupied him for a little over five minutes.
The Postal Police did not describe any of this phone activity. They said Amanda and Raffaele were waiting outside the cottage and immediately took them on a brief tour of the premises to show them the broken window and the blood in the bathroom.
Keep in mind, the Postal Police were in no hurry to get to the cottage. They weren't responding to an emergency of any kind. They were simply investigating discarded cell phones. If you look at the photos of the parking garage, you will see that it is a considerable walk to the cottage from the garage. The police parked in the parking lot above the garage. What were the Postal Police doing during that time? Who knows? They could have been reviewing paperwork in the car or simply could have been having a conversation. If they went straight to the cottage after parking the car, they would have reported the phone activity.
Keep in mind when looking at the photos that the camera's clock was 10 to 12 minutes slow.
After reviewing the camera photos and the cell phone records, it's reasonable to say that the Postal Police arrived shortly after Raffaele made his phone calls.
1:15 p.m. The police refuse to break the door. They don't see any immediate danger in the cottage and they want permission from the owner of the cottage. They also state that they do not want to violate Meredith's privacy. After everyone discusses the situation, Luca Altieri (Filomena's boyfriend) breaks down the door to Meredith's room. Meredith's Body is discovered.
Raffaele says in his diary: "Initially, the police refused to violate the privacy, but after Filomena arrived, her boyfriend and their respective friends, he was convinced to break in the door."
November 6, 2007: Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito and Patrick Lumumba are arrested and taken into custody for the possible involvement in Meredith Kercher's death. No charges are filed.
November 20, 2007: Rudy Guede is arrested and taken into custody. He is charged with the murder of Meredith Kercher. Patrick Lumumba is released.
October 16, 2008: Rudy Guede's fast track trial begins.
October 28, 2008: Rudy Guede is found guilty for the murder of Meredith Kercher. He is sentenced to 30 years.
October 28, 2008: Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito are charged with murder. They will stand trial.
January 16, 2009: The Murder trial begins for Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito
November 18, 2009: Rudy Guede's appeal trial begins.
December 4, 2009: Amanda Knox & Raffaele Sollecito are found guilty for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
December 22, 2009: Rudy Guede's conviction is confirmed. His sentence is reduced to 16 years.
January 23, 2010: Giuliano Mignini is convicted.
March 4,2010: Judge Giancarlo Massei releases the court's explanation of the ruling.
Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito appealed their convictions. On October 3, 2011, Judge Hellmann spoke loud and clear when he declared that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are innocent. They had absolutely nothing to do with Meredith Kercher's murder. Both have been exonerated.