Kercher’s body was found in the apartment she shared with Amanda Knox in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007. The 21-year-old’s throat had been slashed.
Guede, a native of Ivory Coast, requested a separate expedited trial, fearing that Knox and Sollecito had made a pact against him.
He was found guilty of murder in October 2008 and sentenced to 30 years in prison. His sentence was reduced to 16 years after an appeal in December 2009.