Authorities seek more suspects in slaying of british student

>ROME (AP) – Lawyers for two suspects jailed in connection with the slaying of a British student said Sunday they were hopeful their clients could be freed after investigators found a bloody fingerprint from someone else on the victim’s pillow.

A lawyer for a third suspect – the victim’s 20-year-old American roommate, Amanda Marie Knox – was reticent about discussing the fingerprint.

But Luciano Ghirga said reports that a fourth suspect had been identified might change little for his client, who has accused one of the other two jailed suspects of killing Meredith Kercher. Ghirga said Knox had never mentioned a fourth suspect.

Knox has changed her account several times, according to Ghirga and court documents. At one point she accused Congolese pub owner Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, 38, and said she had to cover her ears to drown out Kercher’s screams from next door. In another version, she said she was not at home the night of the murder, according to the judge’s ruling upholding her detention. But a street camera caught her entering her home that evening, according to Italian reports.

Kercher, 21, was found dead on Nov. 2 in her apartment in Perugia, northeast of Rome. She was sexually assaulted and fatally stabbed.