Knox to Take Stand Today

5 months in, American student given chance to answer murder accusation
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 2:38 AM CDT
Knox to Take Stand Today
Amanda Knox looks on during a hearing in the Meredith Kercher murder trial, in Perugia, Italy, last month. The trial is now in its fifth month.   (AP Photo/Stefano Medici)

(Newser) – Amanda Knox is expected to testify in her murder trial for the first time today, the Guardian reports. The American student, accused of murdering flatmate Meredith Kercher during a violent, drug-fueled sex game, has been on trial in Italy since January and faces a possible life sentence if found guilty. Prosecutors are expected to grill the 21-year-old over conflicting statements she has given about her whereabouts the night of the murder.

"She's a bit nervous about going on the stand, but she's also quite confident in what she has to say and that the truth will come out during her testimony," Knox's father told CBS. "She is going to be telling the truth and answering all of the questions. Hopefully the court will see that, and that she's 100% innocent." (Read more Amanda Knox stories.)

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