Amanda Knox Claims Innocence Ahead Of Verdict

Amanda Knox asked the Italian appeals court in Perugia to to free her claiming she did not kill her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 and accused Italian police of manipulation that led to her confession she committed the murder. The 24-year-old American has been jailed in Italy in 2007 and since then is behind bars on murder charges. She made her speech before the jury in Italian language, claiming she was not even there at the time of the crime while now she is paying with her life for things she did not do.

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British exchange student Kercher was murdered in November 2007 and Knox was sentenced to 26 years behind bars in December 2009. Her 27-year-old Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced 25 years in jail.

Another person, Ivorian-born Italian Rudy Guede, is serving 16 years in prison for the same crime after the Italian court initially sentenced him to 30 years behind bars. He won an appeal in 2009 and saw his sentence reduced to 16 years.

Sollecito’s attorney Giulia Bongiorno, a member of the Italian parliament, told the jury that media depicted Knox as a sex-obsessed manipulator, creating a misrepresented public portrait of the American. Knox is not a bad young woman, he said. Members of the Kercher family told journalists their daughter is forgotten while media focus extremely on Amanda Knox. Kerchners said they believe in the original verdict.


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