A lawyer for one of three suspects in the slaying of
a British college student in Italy said Tuesday that he is seeking
a separate trial for his client.
      Valter Biscotti said Ivory Coast citizen Rudy Hermann Guede will
formally ask a judge to be allowed a fast-track trial, should he be
indicted. Such trials, in which evidence is presented in document
form and no witnesses testify, are shorter and lead to lesser
sentences, if the suspect is found guilty.
      A fast-track trial could be over in a few hearings, compared
with months, if not years, for a regular trial, Biscotti said.
      He also said that he believed prosecutors did not have enough
evidence to tie Guede to the crime.
      A judge in Perugia is expected to rule on Sept. 16 whether Guede
and fellow suspects Amanda Knox, 21, of Seattle, and her former
Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, should stand trial for the
slaying of Meredith Kercher.
      Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Leeds University in England,
was found dead in November from a stab wound to the neck in the
house she shared with Knox in Perugia.