Amanda Knox Innocent, Verdict 'Absurd': Ex
Co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito also insists in his own innocence
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2009 4:44 PM CST
Italian murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito looks on prior to a final hearing before the verdict, at the court in Perugia, Italy, Friday, Dec. 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)
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(Newser) – The former boyfriend who was convicted of murder along with Amanda Knox says the 22-year-old American isn't capable of killing anyone. In a prison interview, Raffaele Sollecito described Knox as a "very sweet girl" and said her conviction in the murder of Meredith Kercher was "absurd and inadmissible." As for his own 25-year sentence, the Italian said he was struggling to accept the reality, CNN reports.

"I was certain that the verdict would put an end to a nightmare. Instead, it didn't," Sollecito said. "When the sentencing was read, I didn't understand what was happening and even now it seems impossible and still don't understand why I was convicted." He continued, "If I didn't have faith, I would have ended my life. The world has collapsed on top of me with this verdict. It collapsed on me and Amanda."