Amanda Knox acquitted of murder

"She suffered for four years for a crime she did not commit."

On Monday Italian town of Perugia court acquitted 24-year-old American girl Amanda Knox and her 27-year friend Rafael Solechitto charge of murder. In 2007, the British student Meredith Kercher - her neighbor in the apartment of Amanda - was found dead. Her body was found with more than forty stab wounds. Before her death, the girl was raped. Two years later, Amanda was sentenced to 26 years in prison. The prosecution insisted that it was Amanda, under the influence of drugs on Halloween, cut the throat of her friend, because she refused to participate in orgies.

"I want to go home. I want to go back to my life. I don't want to be punished. ... I don't want my future taken away from me for something I didn't do because I am innocent," she said.

In the photo: Mother and sister of Amanda Knox.

"We're thankful that Amanda's nightmare is over," her younger sister Deanna Knox told reporters outside the courthouse. "She suffered for four years for a crime she did not commit." She then asked for privacy for the family so they could "recover from this horrible" ordeal.

Amanda Knox maintained an amazing calm.

The court's six jurors and two judges deliberated for hours Monday after listening in the morning to impassioned pleas by Knox and Sollecito to throw out the guilty verdict and set them free.

Amanda Knox and her boyfriend, Rafael Sollechito were found not guilty of the brutal murder of his neighbor, a young British student Meredith Kercher, which took place in Perugia the night of 1 November 2, 2007.
Turning to the jurors and judges during the hearing Knox said: "I did not kill, I was not there."

Crowd gathered in the streets expressing anger about the justification of "murderer." About a thousand protesters chanted "Shame!"

Amanda heard the court decision cried and jumped for joy.

Amanda Knox now can safely prepare to return to his native America.

From the court the girl was taken to jail, so she could pick up her belongings, after which Knox was finally released.


Amanda Knox family invites Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and his family to US

FREED US student Amanda Knox's family has invited her former Italian boyfriend and his family to visit them in the United States.

The 24-year-old, who flew home on Tuesday after being acquitted of murder and sexual assault which saw her jailed for four years, is adjusting well back in Seattle and wants to resume her studies, her father said.

"She's actually doing remarkably well. You know, it's almost like she hasn't missed a beat with the family. That's been really nice to see," Curt Knox told CNN today.

A court in Perugia on Monday freed both Ms Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after acquitting them over the gruesome 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher.

Ms Knox's father said the pair - who were shown kissing shortly after the murder, in a widely-played video - had sent mail back and forth to each other while they were in prison in Italy.

"They have stayed in contact," he said, adding: "The Sollecito family were invited to come to Seattle. Raffaele is going through the same thing that Amanda is right now and really needs to get reconnected.

"I think at some point they may come over and that would be really nice to see," he said.

But he said it was probably too early for Ms Knox to contact the Kercher family, who have been put back to square one by this week's acquittals, with no answer over who killed their daughter.

"I think right now, it's a little bit premature. The Kerchers are still trying to work through the whole verdict and so forth. Hopefully in the long run, they will see that really the truth is Amanda and Raffaele had nothing to do with the death of Meredith.

"As they hopefully get there and are allowed closure with this horrific crime and the loss of their daughter, they'll be able to really recognise that Amanda and Raffaele had nothing to do with it," he added.

While Ms Knox is keeping a low profile with her family at the moment, experts say she could make millions of dollars by selling her story either by writing a book, or by selling the TV or film rights.

Her father said Ms Knox planned to use her experience to help people facing similar plights to hers, although she also wanted to resume her studies - she was in Italy as part of a language course.

"I think at some point down the road, she will be some type of activist for wrongfully convicted people," he said, adding that she "definitely wants to finish her degree through the University of Washington".

UPDATE:08 OCT 2011

TV says Knox claimed sexual harassment in jail

Amanda Knox claimed she was sexually harassed by a prison official in Italy during her four years behind bars, according to a TV program to be aired this weekend.

Knox, who has returned home to Seattle after being acquitted of murder and sexual assault, said the "high-ranking prison administrator" ordered her into his office, alone at night, to talk about sex.

"He was fixated on the topic of sex, with whom I'd done it, how I liked it, if I would like to do it with him," said a letter from Knox, quoted by the "48 Hours Mystery" show which airs Saturday on CBS.

"When I realized that he really wanted to talk to me about sex I would try to change the subject," she added, the program's makers said in a description of the show ahead of broadcast.

Knox, now 24, wrote: "I realize that he was testing me to see if I reacted badly, to understand me personally. He wanted to get a reaction or some information from me. I did not get the seriousness of the situation."

A court in Perugia on Monday freed Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito after acquitting them over the gruesome 2007 killing of British student Meredith Kercher, allegedly after a violent sex game.

Knox, who was dubbed "Foxy Knoxy" by some tabloid newspapers, hopes to return to her studies after settling back at home, although experts say she could make a fortune by selling her story as a book, or in TV or film rights.

It was not clear when the letter cited by the TV show was written, or to which prison official it might refer.


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