Italy Court Frees Amanda Knox

Murder conviction overturned, she and Sollecito walk free
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2011 2:58 PM CDT
Amanda Knox, center, is escorted as she arrives for an appeal hearing at the Perugia court, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
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(Newser) – Amanda Knox's four-year quest to prove her innocence in the murder of Meredith Kercher has come to its dramatic conclusion, with an Italian appeals court today overturning her 26-year prison sentence. Knox appeared extremely emotional while awaiting the verdict, and broke down completely as a judge announced it, reports the AP. The court upheld a three-year sentence for slander for Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, but they will be freed on time-served.

Meredith Kercher's family was in the courtroom for the verdict. Knox in a tearful final statement earlier today told the court, "I did not rape. I did not kill."

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