Rudy Guede was the third person accused of murdering Meredith Kercher along with Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in 2007. Guede’s lawyer at the time, decided to hold his trial separately since he was the only black man and his lawyer knew that Knox and Sollecito’s defense team would try to pin everything on him.
Guede was found guilty in 2008 while Knox and Sollecito were found guilty in 2009. Rudy was sentenced to 30 years which was reduced to a 16 year sentence since he was only considered an accomplice to the crime. The courts did not believe that Rudy acted alone, but that he was there. This was reiterated by the Italian Supreme court’s final report after they acquitted Knox and Sollecito in 2015.