Amanda Knox: I Can't Go Back

But she says 'everything's at stake' in retrial

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 20, 2013 1:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Amanda Knox won't be returning to Italy for her retrial, she confirmed in an interview today. "It's not a possibility," she told Matt Lauer on the Today Show. "I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that." When Lauer asked if she were worried that would look like an admission of guilt, she replied, "I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest. … It's common sense not to go back."

At the same time, Knox said she thought her legal team would prevail. When Lauer asked if she'd thought about the fact that a conviction would leave her unable to safely leave the US, she replied, "I think about it all the time. It's so scary. Everything's at stake." She also said she hoped Meredith Kercher's family didn't believe she was guilty. "I don't want to be forever separated from them, because at this point Meredith is a part of my life." The trial is set to begin on Sept. 30, notes Reuters.

This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the 'Today Show' Friday.
This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview on the 'Today Show' Friday.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview with Matt Lauer.
This image released by NBC shows Amanda Knox during an interview with Matt Lauer.   (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)
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