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Originally published Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 8:01 AM

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Amanda Knox's parents indicted in Italy

A lawyer says the parents of Amanda Knox, an American student from Seattle convicted of murder in Italy, have been ordered to stand trial for alleging that Italian police abused their daughter.

PERUGIA, Italy —

PERUGIA, Italy — A lawyer says that the parents of Amanda Knox, a former University of Washington student who was convicted of murder in Italy, have been ordered to stand trial for alleging that Italian police abused their daughter.

Italian news agency ANSA said Curt Knox and Edda Mellas, both of Seattle, were indicted Tuesday in Perugia for libel. Lawyer Luciano Ghirga confirmed the indictment and said trial was set for July 4. He said the couple did not attend the hearing.

The charge stems from an interview they gave Britain's Sunday Times years ago in which the father alleged that police had physically and verbally abused his daughter during questioning after the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, before Knox was arrested.

Police have denied harming Knox.

A family representative said there was no comment.

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