Amanda Knox, 26-year-old American who was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder of her housemate in Italy, returned to the United States after winning her appeal before an appeals court in Perugia, Italy. Knox spent some four year behind bars in Italy following a murder verdict issued by a first instance Italian court. She was convicted for the murder of U.K. Citizen Meredith Kercher in 2007, in a trial in which her boyfriend was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Italian media started a massive attack on Italy’s judiciary, raising questions whether the local courts and judges should rely on circumstantial evidence that was used in the first trial, while in the appeals trial she was set free because of the lack of physical evidence and clear motive. Italian prosecutors hinted that the ruling of the appeals court could be appealed to Italy’s highest court in the weeks to come without elaborating.
In the meantime, the Lifetime channel announced a remake of the movie “Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy” will be broadcast on Lifetime soon with Hayden Panettiere starring as Knox. The new version of the film is set to include the Italian court’s verdict and updates to the Amanda Knox case.
Knox boarded a U.S.-bound flight via London last night, heading for home city of Seattle.