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Judge In Amanda Knox Trial: "I Suffered" Over Verdict

Alessandro Nencini also says Raffaele Sollecito's decision not to testify may have worked against him.

Posted on February 2, 2014, at 3:31 a.m. ET

The judge in the Amanda Knox trial, Alessandro Nencini, has given an interview to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

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He says that while he "suffered" over the verdict, he and the jury reached agreement that Amanda Knox was guilty in the death of Meredith Kercher, who was found with her throat slit in the apartment she shared with Knox in 2007.

He also suggested that Knox's ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito would have been better off testifying in court.

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He told the paper: "It's the defendant's right, but it certainly deprived the process of a voice […] He limited himself to spontaneous declarations. He said only what he wanted to say without letting himself be cross-examined."

Prosecutors have offered differing explanations for Kercher's killing as the case has passed through the court system.

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In the first trial they claimed it was due to an erotic game going wrong, and in the latest one they said it was due to an argument over cleanliness.

Nencini said the court settled on a motive that would be made clear in the written explanation, expected within three months. Both Knox and Sollecito protest their innocence.