Italian judge: Amanda Knox may know 'real truth' in case

  • FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2011 file photo, Amanda Knox, standing in front of her father, Curt Knox, and other supporters, speaks at a news conference shortly after her arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Knox was freed on October 3 after an Italian appeals court acquitted her on murder charges after four years in prison. Curt Knox says Amanda would like to go back to her university and finish her degree, but that he worries about what the time in prison has done to his 24-year-old daughter. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

ROME — An Italian judge who was part of the jury that acquitted Amanda Knox said Wednesday that she and her ex-boyfriend were cleared of murder based on the evidence, but the "real truth" could be different.

Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann said in a state TV interview that Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito may know what happened in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, Knox's British roommate.

In his first public comments since the appeals court verdict Monday, the judge stressed the ruling was the fruit of the "the truth that was created in the trial."

"But the real truth could be different," Pratillo Hellmann added. "They could also be responsible, but the proof isn't there."

Pratillo Hellmann, the presiding judge, was one of eight jurors in the case.

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