Amanda Knox says she withholds & # 39; judgment & # 39; in the case of two American teenagers who could live in prison because they would have killed an Italian police officer in a failed drug deal.
California teens, Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18, and Finnegan Lee Elder, 19, were arrested on suspicion of killing Deputy Brigadier General Mario Cerciello Rega, 35, on Friday in the streets of Rome.
The case has repeated the famous case of the then student Knox, in which she was convicted and acquitted of murdering her roommate in Perugia, Italy in 2007.
But Knox, now 32, went to Twitter to say that she will not share her judgment on the case and says that the teens should be tried in court, not public opinion.
& # 39; Many ask me about this case. The only thing I can say is: I remember judgment. It should be tried in court, not the public opinion court, & she said on Twitter Monday.
Amanda Knox says she is holding back the case of two American teenagers who were arrested in Italy for allegedly murdering a police officer. She famously served nearly four years in Italian prison after her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007, which was later destroyed
Finnegan Lee Elder, 19 (left), and Gabriel Christian Natale-Hjorth, 18 (right), were arrested Friday in a hotel in Rome (photo) where police say they found a knife that stabbed Officer Mario Cerciello Rega, 35 , till death
She went to Twitter on Monday to say that she is holding back & # 39; a judgment & # 39; and that the teenagers should be tried in court, not the public opinion court & # 39;
& # 39; It's tragic in any case. My heart goes out to the victim's family, & she added.
Knox was convicted of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher and spent four years in an Italian prison before that conviction was destroyed in 2015.
The creepy death of the decorated officer has led the public outrage and Italian Interior Minister and vice-leader Matteo Salvini to call on teens to serve life in prison if they are found guilty.
& # 39; To those who complain about the arrest of a prisoner, I remember that the only victim to cry is a man, a son, a 35-year-old husband, a Carabiniere, & # 39; he said, referring to Rega.
& # 39; A servant of the land died in service at the hands of people who, if guilty, deserve only life imprisonment. & # 39;
According to Italian media, stabbing began when Hjorth and Elder tried to buy cocaine from a man outside their hostel in Rome, but crushed aspirin was sold instead.
They would have stolen a backpack from the suspected dealer and told him that he had to pay them 100 euros and they got a gram of cocaine to get it back.
Matteo Salvini, Italy's Deputy Leader and Minister of the Interior, said no one should feel sorry for two Americans arrested for killing a police officer after one of them was blindfolded in custody
Salvini (pictured at the officer's funeral on Monday) also said the pair deserves & # 39; the prison for life & # 39; if they are found guilty of the murder
The man agreed and set a meeting place and time, but instead called the Italian police, the Carabiniere, and reported the bag as stolen.
Rega and his partner then went to the meeting instead of the man while dressed in civilian clothes in an attempt to recover the stolen property. It is unclear whether they knew about the stolen cocaine.
Rega and his partner then confronted the American couple and identified themselves as police in Italian.
Elder is said to have stabbed Rega 11 times with a knife, also once in the heart, after he did not understand him because he does not speak Italian.
While stabbing was taking place, Hjorth is accused of repeatedly slapping Rega's partner.
CCTV then caught the two suspects fleeing the crime scene back to a nearby hotel, where they were arrested a few hours later.
The police say they have discovered the murder weapon – a large knife that they say Elder identified his own – and clothing the pair wore at the time of the attack.
Investigators say the couple initially accused each other of administering the fatal strikes when they were interviewed separately, but later admitted their role in crime.
Some time between the arrest and the police announcing that the couple had known, a photo of Hjorth was blindfolded while sitting in a chair leaked to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.
The Italian police described it as an & # 39; illegal blindfold & # 39; and said that the officer who wore it at Hjorth was wrong and was suspended during the investigation.
The two friends were on holiday together without their family when the killing took place. It is now expected that both will be accused of murder
Rega had only been married for six weeks before he was stabbed to death (wedding day, photo) and only returned to work after his honeymoon
The new wife of the killed officer, Rosa Maria, laid her head on his coffin when it was taken to the church where they married on Monday for his funeral
But officials also said the blindfold was only on him for five minutes to prevent him from seeing details of his case on a computer screen.
Both suspects may be confronted with murder and are also being investigated for attempted extortion.
The suspected dealer is being investigated for drug offenses.
Hjorth and Elder were former classmates at the Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, a rich suburb of San Francisco in California. They just graduated in 2018.
Natale-Hjorth had invited an elder to Italy, where he has family and comes to visit every summer.
The two are described as & # 39; sketchy & # 39; and drug users.
Elder & # 39; s family said they were & # 39; shocked and appalled & # 39; are on the news of his arrest, while many of the teen's neighbors say they are not shocked. Two told KPIX5 how elder had been sick for their home after getting drunk several times.
Graduate Matt Kearney told ABC7 from Natale-Hjorth: & # 39; I always saw him as a little vague, but nothing bad. & # 39;
Another classmate, who did not want to be mentioned, said: & # 39; If Gabe uses drugs, he is crazy. He has a lot of anger.
& # 39; He is known here as a drug dealer. I feel like he thinks he can get away with anything. He got away with so many problems in Marin. & # 39;
An emotional funeral took place on Monday in the center of Rome, where hundreds came to honor Cerciello Rega. He was just married to his wife Rosa Maria on June 19 and had returned from his honeymoon in Madagascar when he was stabbed.
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