Multiple People Assaulted Kercher: Expert

Convicted killer Guede appears in court, refuses to testify
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2009 11:36 AM CDT
Multiple People Assaulted Kercher: Expert
Amanda Knox is escorted in a courtroom as her ex-boyfriend and Italian murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito, foreground, talks to his lawyer, not pictured, during a hearing, in Perugia, Italy, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)

A forensics expert testified today in the Meredith Kercher murder trial that she was assaulted by more than one person, Sky News reports. A gynecologist, meanwhile, said he’d never seen similar wounds on someone who had consented to sex. Today's court session included evidence so graphic that the judge granted a request from Kercher's family that it be held in private.

Earlier, Ryan Guede, the 21-year-old already convicted in the Kercher slaying, was called into court as a prosecution witness. But after confirming his identity, he refused to answer questions, exercising a right convicted criminals have under Italian law. He glanced only briefly at Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito on the way into the courtroom, and not at all on the way out. His lawyer said Guede would speak only at his appeal. (More Rudy Hermann Guede stories.)

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