Foxy Knoxy's home town drops bid to name park after its twin town of Perugia because of Meredith murder

Convicted: Amanda Knox

Convicted: Amanda Knox

Seattle officials are back-pedalling on a plan to name a new park in honour of the Italian town of Perugia.

The city is shelving the plan because Seattle native Amanda Knox has been convicted of the murder of her British flat-mate in Perugia, Meredith Kercher, Parks Superintendent Tim Gallagher said yesterday.

The park in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood was to be called Perugia Park. Six other city parks bear the names of Seattle sister cities.

An Italian jury in early December convicted the 22-year-old Knox of the 2007 murder in Perugia of British student Meredith Kercher. 

Meredith had been stabbed to death after being forced to take part in a a brutal drug-fuelled sex game.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted of the killing, as was the couple's acquaintance Rudy Guede.