Knox had been a "late bloomer" in terms of dating, so news that she had met Raffaele Sollecito made her sister happy.
"She was just infatuated with the whole idea of him. First of all, he was a foreign guy, he was sweet, he was really kind, he was smart. ... He was exactly my sister's type." Deanna Knox said. "It was pretty exciting. I wanted to learn more about him, and it just happened that they were only dating for two weeks before everything happened. I wish -- I really wish that they could've gotten to know each other a lot better."
Sollecito, in an epilogue to his memoir, said he had been to visit Knox in Seattle after their acquittal but was nervous to see her, wondering if after going through so much, "perhaps we owed it to each other to live our lives and leave each other in peace."
It's not yet clear whether both will have to appear in court, side-by-side once more, for the retrial expected early next year.
But the judges' ruling is definitely not the end of the story that the two students or their families wanted.