Amanda Knox's Acquittal Relevant To Charlotte Criminal Proceedings

Posted by Christopher Shumate | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

On October 2, 2011, an Italian appeals court overturned the conviction of Amanda Knox who was convicted in 2009 of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher. Although the appeals court will write a formal opinion detailing the court's conclusions, Knox's counsel and many others believe the acquittal is a result of the Prosecution's lack of evidence.

The prosecution's case primarily focused on circumstantial evidence that failed to directly connect Knox to the murder. The prosecution presented DNA evidence from a knife and a bra clasp that was found at the apartment of a man Knox was dating. The prosecution contended such evidence connected Knox to Kercher's murder. However, this evidence was discredited on appeal. Experts indicated the evidence may have been contaminated when it was collected, so the DNA could definitively connect Knox to the murder. With this evidence discredited, the case hinged on circumstantial evidence, and there was little to further implicate Knox, as the prosecution offered virtually no motive or means for Knox to commit the crime.

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Mr. Chris Shumate is a native of Gastonia, North Carolina, and worked various jobs while pursuing his undergraduate and Juris Doctor education, including several heavy manual labor and skilled trade positions. In his practice, Mr. Shumate often encounters circumstances where these prior experiences are helpful in representing you. Upon graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, Mr. Shumate joined one of the Carolinas' larger defense firms, where he represented a diverse set of employers and insurance companies in civil cases and workers' compensation claims across the Carolinas. Chris utilized this experience to obtain a working knowledge of the insurance industry, and build personal contacts used today in representing you. Mr. Shumate ultimately decided he wanted to focus his law practice on assisting those who have been injured, and doing so with the focus on a personal relationship that is uncommon in the bigger firms. Mr. Shumate's also has a passion for assisting those facing the challenges of the criminal legal system. By representing individuals in a variety of criminal and traffic matters, Mr. Shumate works to achieve the best possible result for each client regardless of the charges levied by the prosecution. Chris has tirelessly pursued his mission of helping people from all walks of life throughout the Carolinas with a variety of legal matters. If you are interested in learning more about Chris Shumate and The Shumate Law Offices, please contact us at 704.371.5059. We look forward to assisting you to achieve a positive result in your legal concern. Education J.D., University of South Carolina B.S., University of South Carolina Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice N.C. State BarS.C. State BarU.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina Professional & Bar Association Memberships N.C. Bar Association S.C. Bar Association Mecklenburg County Bar N.C. Academy Of Trial Lawyers American Association For Justice


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