American woman, former boyfriend may stand trial in Italy

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- A judge in Italy is expected to rule tomorrow on whether an American woman and her former Italian boyfriend will go on trial for the killing of a British student.

As prosecutors closed their arguments today on whether the case should go to trial, they rejected claims that police had contaminated evidence in the case.

The victim, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, was a student from Leeds University in England. She was found dead in her bedroom in November from a stab wound to the neck.

Prosecutors say she was killed while an unwilling participant in a sex game.

Amanda Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito could be going to trial. A third suspect, a man from Ivory Coast, is undergoing a fast-track trial at his request. They all deny wrongdoing.

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