Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Amanda Knox Acquitted of Murder

PERUGIA, Italy - American student Amanda Knox, who was convicted by an Italian court for the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher, was acquitted today by an appeals court.

Her murder conviction in the 2007 slaying of her roommate Meredith Kercher was thrown out by the jury, and she was ordered immediately released from prison.

Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict was read out Monday.

Her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also found not guilty.

Knox and Sollecito had been convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Kercher, who was stabbed to death in her bedroom. She was found in a pool of blood and covered by a duvet the following day.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man. They all denied wrongdoing.

Earlier Monday, as hundreds of reporters and cameras filled the underground, frescoed courtroom, Knox tearfully told the Italian appeals court she did not kill her British roommate, pleading for the court to free her so she can return to the United States after four years behind bars. The court began deliberations moments later.

Knox frequently paused for breath and fought back tears as she spoke in Italian to the six members of the jury and two judges in a packed courtroom, but managed to maintain her composure during the 10-minute address.

"I've lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible," she said of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old Briton who shared an apartment with Knox when they were both students in Perugia. "I'm paying with my life for things that I didn't do."

"She had her bedroom next to mine, she was killed in our own apartment. If I had been there that night, I would be dead," Knox said. "But I was not there."

"I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn't there. I wasn't there at the crime," Knox said.


Kerchers Urge Court to Weigh Evidence, Not Hype

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- The sister of slain British student
Meredith Kercher has urged the court to weigh the evidence against
Amanda Knox and not pay attention to the "media hype" surrounding
the high-profile case.

Stephanie Kercher spoke to reporters as the eight-member jury on
Monday deliberated the fate of Knox and co-defendant Raffaele
Sollecito, who are appealing their 2009 murder convictions.

Stephanie Kercher, her mother and her brother were in Perugia
for the verdict, expected later Monday. At a press conference,
Kercher said her sister "has been mostly forgotten" and that it
was difficult to keep her memory alive.

She said: "As long as they decide today based purely on the
information available to them and they don't look into the media
hype, I think justice will be found."


Knox Makes Final Plea

PERUGIA, Italy -- A tearful Amanda Knox has told an appeals court in Italy that accusations that she killed her British roommate are unfair and groundless.

Knox fought back tears as she addressed the court Monday, minutes before the jury went into deliberations to decide whether to uphold her murder conviction. A verdict is expected later in the day.

Knox said that she is "paying with my life for things I didn't do." She said she wants to go home and "back to my life."

Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man.

They deny wrongdoing.

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  • by Vic on Oct 4, 2011 at 07:30 AM
    It only shows that justice can be bought in other countries....why is it that the dangerous women are always so good looking?
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      by Honeysuckle on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:33 AM in reply to Vic
      She's not good looking at all to me. The better question would be why do young white women who kill sometimes get away with it because people think they are good looking, as you say. She got away with murder just as Casey Anthony did. Fortunately, they will eventually pay when they meet their real Maker - God!
  • by Ms. Opinionated on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    I hope that Amanda can capitalize on this unfortunated incident. Unlike Casey Anthony - the evidence was just not strong enough. I hope that she makes lots and lots of money so that she can help her parents regain their footing after loosing nearly everything for her defense.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to Ms. Opinionated
      The only reason she got away with the murder is because the evidence was mishandled, not because she didn't do it. She is still a murderer.
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        by Anonymous on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:01 PM in reply to
        The killer's brother gave testimony that Amanda and her boyfriend did not kill Meredith. The evidence was mishandled by the Italian police and dna evidence was presented demonstrating not only that Amanda did not do it but that there was not a motive for the crime by Amanda and her boyfriend. While Meredith's murder was terrible equally disconcerting is the conviction of an innocent person. No, Amanda is not a murderer nor is her response of crying in court the reaction of someone who gleefully took part in an event like that one. It would be nice if Amanda's grandmother were able to get her retirement funds back that she used to help her granddaughter.
  • by gina Location: wakulla on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:24 PM
    maby you people can give casey anthony a break now.
  • by wedo Location: italy-fl-ny on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:22 PM
    man i hadalot of money rideing on this. i just new she would be found guilty.
  • by SH88 Location: tally on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:15 PM
    You people care way too much about this! It's not even in the United States!
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      by Derp on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:05 PM in reply to SH88
      Um, here's a thought: because she's an American. If I were you, and I'm glad I'm not, I would start changing your handle, because judging from your posts — and other posters with whom I've conversed — you are getting the reputation of not bring so bright.
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      by pastor john on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:17 PM in reply to SH88
      why couldn't she went to school in yhe usa? took her money out of the usa and gave to the italians. that is anti american.
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        by really? on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:37 AM in reply to pastor john
        It's called studying abroad red-neck! A LOT of college students study abroad, especially in Europe. Getting a sense of other cultures does not make you "anti-american" just like going to school in Georgia wouldn't make me "anti-Floridian"
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          by pastor john on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:52 PM in reply to really?
          like i said study in america
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Much like in this country, not guilty does not necessarily equate to innocence. Don't confuse the two. I don't know if she did it or not, but convicted murderers maintain their innocence all the time.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    Went overseas to study. Was living a slimeball life. Another ugly American story. She did not do us proud.
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      by pastor john on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:18 PM in reply to Jim
      thank you
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      by Judge-Jury on Oct 4, 2011 at 03:41 AM in reply to Jim
      How do you know what kind of life she was living overseas? The police questioned her for 56 hours without an attorney. They convicted her after asking her to "guess" how the murder could have been committed claiming that was an admission of the crime. While US legal system is not perfect, it sure beats Italy!
  • by Elizabeth Location: talllahassee on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    it's about time, four yrs is tooo long for Amanda. Thank the lord
  • by Tony Location: Tallahassee on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    Free Amanda.
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      by Tallahassee on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:25 PM in reply to Tony
      She has been telling them from the start that she did not do it. She should sue them for keeping her in prision for 4 years. Look at everything her family has lost by her being over there
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        by real lawyer on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:19 PM in reply to Tallahassee
        like in america you cant sue the idiots for destroying you and gambleing with your life.
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      by detctive on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to Tony
      she is free she is leaveing tuesday. why did she wait to tuesday? maby unfinished business?
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        by maby on Oct 4, 2011 at 09:39 AM in reply to detctive
        you spelt "maybe" MABY. That's too precious!
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        by STEVE on Oct 4, 2011 at 12:15 PM in reply to detctive
        Ummm,maybe because it was the middle of the night in a small town with no airport and no rented jet to whisk her away? Or,could have been no "escape" plans not knowing if she would be freed. Just sayin". You need a new posting handle. "Detctive" reeks with dumb.
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