Emotional Amanda Knox: I Am Not 'Diabolical'
Tells appeals court her conviction was a 'huge mistake'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2010 9:43 AM CST
Amanda Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard as she arrives for a hearing.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox made a tearful plea to the Italian court hearing the appeal of her murder conviction today. "I am unjustly convicted," said the 23-year-old American serving a 26-year sentence. She called her conviction a "huge mistake" and said she's been "broken" by the three years she's already spent in prison, report AFP and the Telegraph. Also:

  • Knox said she is not the "dangerous, diabolical, jealous and uncaring" described by prosecutors. "How is it possible that I could be capable of such violence? How could I commit evil against a friend of mine?"

  • She told the family and friends of Meredith Kercher that "I am sorry that Meredith is not here. What you're going through and what Meredith went through is incomprehensible and unacceptable."
  • Lawyers for both Knox and former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito said they would question the DNA evidence used to convict them both.