Knox Plans Final 'Plea for Her Life'

'It's going to be a heartfelt statement': father
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2011 4:08 PM CDT

While Amanda Knox plans a final plea for her life tomorrow, her father says he's not worried that her words may work against her in an Italian courtroom. "I really don't think so," Curt Knox said on Today (see the video in our media gallery). "It's going to be a heartfelt statement she's going to make. I think she just wants to have the judge and jury hear one more time that she had nothing to do with this horrific case and that she is innocent of the charges and hopes for an acquittal."

He admits it will be difficult to hear her statement in Italian, a language he doesn't speak, MSNBC reports. "It's going to be very tough. Amanda is going to be making spontaneous statements and it's going to be very tough to hear her have to really struggle for her life." Knox was allowed to call her grandmother in Seattle for 10 minutes yesterday, and attended prison mass; a chaplain says she was calm and collected. Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito are trying to overturn their murder convictions in the 2007 slaying of her roommate Meredith Kercher. (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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