Seven years after the death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in her Italian apartment, a British inquiry has officially ruled her cause of death as hemorrhagic shock.
The news comes with a ruling that the 21-year-old's death was "clearly unnatural" and that she was "unlawfully killed," which was initially revealed on Tuesday.
"She died, the autopsy tells us, as a result of hemorraghic shock from stab and incised wounds to the vasculature of the neck. I do conclude that she was unlawfully killed," Dr. Roy Palmer said at the time. "On the night of the first and second of November 2007 Meredith was found in her bedroom at a residence in Perugia, Italy. It was clearly an unnatural death."
The inquest, which according to International Business Times was done at the request of Kercher's family, brings closure to them several years after her death.
The news could have a further negative impact on the case of 26-year-old American Amanda Knox, Kercher's roommate at the time, as she appeals a January ruling by an Italian court which reconvicted her and then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito of murdering Kercher.
Knox, Sollecito, and a third man named Rudy Guede were all arrested in connection to Kercher's death back in 2007. While Guede was convicted of murder and sentenced to a 16-year sentence, Knox and Sollecito both pleaded not guilty and served four years in an Italian prison before their convictions were overturned in 2011.
However, earlier this year, an Italian court reconvicted Knox and Sollecito in a retrial focused on DNA evidence. At this trial, Knox was sentenced to 28 years in an Italian prison, while Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.
At the time of her reconviction, Knox said she would never willingly go back to Italy and serve her sentence.
"I'm not prepared. I will never willingly go back," she said at the time. "I'm going to fight this until the very end."
While Knox works on a second appeal on the case, she remains in the U.S. If her appeal is thrown out, Italy could seek her extradition to the country to begin serving her sentence.
Knox has not commented on the new ruling on her official Twitter page, though she appears to be working on her appeals case.
"Calling all translators! If anyone is able/interested in helping me translate court documents, please contact me at email@example.com," she tweeted on March 17.
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