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Amanda Knox Murder Trial Update: Ex-Boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito Entering New Evidence In Appeals Case, ‘Proving His Own Innocence?’ [VIDEO]

As they both prepare their cases to appeal being convicted of murder for the second time, Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito appear to be working even harder to prove their innocence.

By Lauren DuBois, EnStars on Jul 17, 2014 02:20 PM EDT
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  • Italian Raffaele Sollecito, convicted with former lover Amanda Knox of the grizzly murder of a British student, and his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno give a press conference on July 1st, 2014 in Rome. Sollecito's new defense strategy comes as their legal teams prepare to appeal the couple's murder convictions in the death of Knox's former roommate Meredith Kercher before Italy's Supreme Court next year. Knox and Sollecito were first convicted of the murder in 2009, then acquitted in 2011 on appeal. The supreme court last year ordered a re-trial, leading to the guilty verdicts issued on January 31, 2014. Raffaele Sollecito reasserted his innocence today as his attorneys continued to distance him from his ex-girlfriend Amanda Knox (Photo : Getty Images/Filippo Monteforte)
  • Amanda Knox appearing on 'Good Morning America' after she was reconvicted in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher
  • Amanda Knox appearing on 'Good Morning America' after she was reconvicted in the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher (Photo : Reuters.com)

As they both prepare their cases to appeal being convicted of murder for the second time, Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito appear to be working even harder to prove their innocence.

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After holding a press conference earlier in July where he tried to establish his innocence even further, Sollecito now has a social media study on his side that could also prove he is not alone in thinking he is innocent of helping Knox allegedly murder her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in the Perugia, Italy home they shared back in 2007.

According to ABC News, Sollecito was awarded a degree in Information Technology from Verona University July 15, and used social media to analyze his murder case for his thesis.

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"I did an experiment on myself," he said of the project.

The project involved Sollecito analyzing mentions of his name and case on social media networks, where he reached the conclusion that he was more often linked to the word "innocent" rather than "guilty,"-proof that many believe he has been wrongfully convicted of the crime.

Though it can't be added into his appeals case, it could help increase support for the Italian man, who alongside Knox, has been fighting to prove his innocence for seven years.

Despite the convictions that have been held up against him, Sollecito also has one other huge supporter who claims his role in this case has been greatly exaggerated-Knox herself. She has consistently insisted he was innocent, and was only dragged into the case because he had been dating her at the time.

Mere weeks after their reconvictions earlier this year, Knox took to her personal blog to maintain her stance that while she also was not guilty of Kercher's murder, it was wrong for prosecutors to drag her ex-boyfriend's name into the case as well.

"As tenuous as the case is against me, it is illogical and unfair that Raffaele should be held legally answerable for it," she wrote in February. "...The only reason that he has been dragged into this is because he happens to be my alibi. He is collateral damage in the unreasonable, irresponsible, and unrelenting scapegoating of the prosecution's grotesque caricature that is 'Foxy Knoxy.'"

Sollecito and his lawyers have painstakingly tried to provide new evidence of his innocence, including in a recent press conference.

In a press conference with his attorneys in Rome on July 1, Sollecito added new claims that his former girlfriend was not with him the entire night of Kercher's murder, destroying her alibi that she had been at his apartment the entire time--whereas he never left his home.

"Only a madman or a criminal would change versions, and I'm neither mad nor criminal," he said at the conference. "There's proof that I was at my place and I was watching Japanese cartoons."

However, though he has amended the one-time shared alibi, Sollecito did maintain he believed Knox was innocent, despite anomalies with how she acted the night of the murder.

"I always believed, and still believe, that Amanda Marie Knox is innocent," he said.

The two are scheduled to go before the final appeals judge either later this year or in early 2015. If their convictions are upheld, Sollecito will face a 25 year prison sentence, while Knox will receive 28 years.

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