PERUGIA, Italy &

A University of Washington student and her Italian ex-boyfriend &

both held in the slaying of a 21-year-old British student &

must remain in jail, a court ruled Friday.




Amanda Marie Knox, of Seattle, and Raffaele Sollecito have been jailed in this central Italian city since Nov. 6.




The decision by the three-judge panel was made shortly after Knox, 20, appeared in the court to proclaim her innocence.




Meredith Kercher, a student from Leeds University in England and enrolled for a year of study in Perugia, was found dead Nov. 2 in the apartment she shared with Knox.




Kercher died of a stab wound to the neck, and prosecutors said she was killed resisting a sexual assault.