Timeline of key events since the murder

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November 1, 2007
Meredith Kercher is killed at her apartment in Perugia.
November 2, 2007
Meredith's body is discovered and the police investigation begins.
November 6, 2007
Following statements made by Amanda Knox, the police arrest Knox, her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and bar-owner Patrick Lumumba.
November 19, 2007
Lumumba is released without charge, having established an alibi which completely exonerates him.
November 20, 2007
Rudy Guede, who has now been named as a suspect, is arrested by German police.
December 6, 2007
Guede is extradited to Italy.
December 14, 2007
Meredith's funeral is held in Croydon, South London.
October 28, 2008
A fast-track trial (as opted for by Guede) is conducted by Judge Paolo Micheli. Guede is sentenced, subject to appeal, to 30 years in prison—the maximum sentence available at fast track trials. The same court commits Knox and Sollecito for a full trial (which they have opted for). See the Micheli Sentencing Report.
January 2009
The trial of Knox and Sollecito begins, presided over by Judge Giancarlo Massei.
December 4, 2009
Knox and Sollecito are found guilty of murder and sexual assault. They are provisionally sentenced (subject to appeal) to 24 years in prison for these offences, plus an additional year for the simulated burglary and, in Knox's case, an additional year for the criminal defamation ("calunnia") of Patrick Lumumba. See the Massei Report.
December 22, 2009
Guede's appeal is heard and his sentence is reduced, bringing it into line with Knox and Sollecito's: 24 years, with an automatic reduction of one third because of the fast-track process, giving a prison term of 16 years.
June 1, 2010
Knox, currently in prison, appears in court on a further calunnia charge over her claims that she was beaten by police while being questioned. The case is adjourned.
November 24, 2010
Knox and Sollecito's appeal begins. The presiding judge is Pratillo Hellmann.
December 16, 2010
Guede's case is considered by the Supreme Court and his sentence is confirmed. See the Giordano Sentencing Report.
October 3, 2011
The appeal court finds Knox and Sollecito not guilty of murder and sexual assault. Knox's conviction for calunnia against Lumumba is upheld and the sentence increased to three years, which she has already served. They are provisionally set free (subject to appeal). See the Hellmann Sentencing Report.
March 25, 2013
The Supreme Court considers the Knox and Sollecito case, with new appeals raised by both defense and prosecution. The next day, they announce their verdict of annulling the appeal court's decisions, with the exception of the calunnia charge, which is now made final. A new appeal will now be rescheduled, to be held in the city of Florence. See the Supreme Court of Cassation 2013 Motivations.