Friday, March 20, 2009

PERUGIA, ITALY (AP) - For the second time in a month, intruders have broken into a house where a British student was killed, Italian court officials said Friday.

Lawyers and a judge discussed the break-in as the trial resumed for two people accused in the 2007 death of Meredith Kercher.

The break-in was noticed during a routine inspection Thursday, when police realized that a window had been broken.

In February, intruders ransacked the house in Perugia and left four kitchen knives and some candles in various rooms. Local news reports said that this time the intruders didn’t leave anything behind but moved things around.

Kercher was found dead Nov. 2, 2007, in the house.

Her roommate, U.S. student Amanda Knox, and Knox’s former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, are on trial for the murder.

Another man, Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede, was sentenced to 30 years in prison last year at a fast-track trial he had requested.

All three deny wrongdoing.

Friday’s session was largely devoted to analyzing data recovered by police and telecoms experts from the cell phones of both the victim and the defendants.

Knox, a former University of Washington student, was on an exchange program in Italy and sharing a flat in a rented house with Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Leeds University in England.

Prosecutors allege that Kercher was stabbed to death during what began as a sex game.

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