Rudy Guede was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher.
The sentence was reduced to 16 years on appeal and later confirmed by Italy’s Supreme Court. At his trial witnesses were called and testified he was prone to excess and was often drunk and used drugs including cocaine and would hassle girls stealing their handbags.
(Editor's Note: Doug Longhini is a CBS News' 48 Hours producer who has been covering this case for six years, and was in Perugia, Italy within days after Meredith Kercher was killed.)NEW YORK - If London’s Daily Mirror newspaper is correct, Rudy Guede, the man who killed Meredith Kercher, may be one step closer to freedom today. Signed Jailed Knife Maniac That is how the Daily Mirror referred to Rudy Guede today; “Jailed Knife Maniac.” The paper’s front page headline read, “Meredith Killer Freed to Study.” The paper revealed that Rudy Guede is currently eligible for daily release from prison and said the convicted murderer plans to study history and get a degree.
When the police tried to contact him they discovered he had fled to Germany where he was arrested trying to board a train without a ticket.He was immediately extradited back to Italy and confronted with the overwhelming evidence that placed him at the crime scene.Directed by Brian Mc Ginn and Rod Blackhurst, two young and green directors, it features interviews with Knox, Sollecito, Giuliano Mignini (the first prosecutor of the case), and a soulless British journalist, Nick Pisa.Knox, as expected, claims she did not kill Kercher and explains why she changed her story so often in the early days of the investigation.On the morning of November 2, 2007, the partially naked and brutally stabbed body of a 21-year-old British student named Meredith Kercher was found in a house she shared with other students in the university town of Perugia, Italy.
A few days after her death, the police arrested Amanda Knox, a 20-year-old American student who lived with Kercher, as well as an Italian man Knox met the week before and was dating, Raffaele Sollecito.Guede lied repeatedly through-out the case modifying his stories based on news reports to best suit his defence.Guede was recorded during a Skype conversation before his arrest telling a friend that the reports in the news were incorrect and Amanda Knox wasn’t there and had nothing to do with it.Since Amanda Knox was exonerated in the murder of Meredith Kercher, many questions remain.Many who believe that the Seattle woman is guilty are eagerly awaiting the official reason for the verdict to be published by the Italian judges who reached the decision.An already hard to understand Italian justice system has now become almost impossible to comprehend.