Italian court orders Washington student to remain in jail

PERUGIA, Italy &

A University of Washington student and her Italian ex-boyfriend &

both held in the slaying of a 21-year-old British student &

must remain in jail, a court ruled Friday.

Amanda Marie Knox, of Seattle, and Raffaele Sollecito have been jailed in this central Italian city since Nov. 6.

The decision by the three-judge panel was made shortly after Knox, 20, appeared in the court to proclaim her innocence.

Meredith Kercher, a student from Leeds University in England and enrolled for a year of study in Perugia, was found dead Nov. 2 in the apartment she shared with Knox.

Kercher died of a stab wound to the neck, and prosecutors said she was killed resisting a sexual assault.

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