An Italian court has found Amanda Knox guilty of murder in her latest trial on Thursday, ABC reports.
This is the third trial for Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, in the 2007 murder of Knox’s British roommate, Meredith Kercher. An Italian court found Knox and Sollecito guilty in 2009, but the pair was acquitted in 2011 on appeal after spending four years in jail.
Knox returned to the Seattle area to resume her studies until Italy’s highest court struck down the appellate decision in March 2013.
As USA Today notes, the Knox saga has grabbed headlines around the world, with the University of Washington student being portrayed “both as a she-devil bent on sexual adventure and as a naif caught up in Italy’s Byzantine justice system.”
With the conviction, Knox and Sollecito’s case will return to the supreme court. If the verdict is upheld, Italy could seek to extradite Knox to serve her sentence. This process could take months, and according to legal experts, the U.S. might challenge extradition on the basis of “double jeopardy,” a defense that forbids a defendant from being tried again for the same crime after an acquittal.