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October 4, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Looking shaken and shy, Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle on Tuesday, ending a four-year Italian ordeal that began when her roommate was brutally slain and she was imprisoned for the crime. Appearing before a madhouse of television cameras, jostling reporters and security guards at Seattle-Tacoma airport, the diminutive Knox at first hunched over in a chair, then tearfully spoke to her hometown. "I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real," she said, her voice quaking.
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January 31, 2014 | By Alexandra Zavis
Italian police found Amanda Knox's ex-boyfriend at a hotel near the Austrian border Friday after a court in Florence reversed their acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate. Raffaele Sollecito told police that he drove into Austria "to rest" while the jury deliberated, but then returned to Italy, according to a report by the Italian news agency ANSA. He was found in Venzone, about 25 miles from the border. Sollecito's lawyer, Luca Maori, told ANSA that his client never considered fleeing the county and willingly went with police to turn in his passport, as required by the court.
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January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
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January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview on Friday that news of the Italian court reinstating her murder conviction in the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher hit her "like a train. " "I did not expect this to happen," Knox told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America. "I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. " The 26-year-old shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
WORLD
October 3, 2011 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
The case was a media sensation from the start, with allegations of drug-fueled group sex and a principal suspect whose cherubic face proved to be an irresistible canvas to a world that saw in it images ranging from scheming vamp to innocent ingenue. For four years, that contrast hovered over the fate of Amanda Knox, a 24-year-old American exchange student in Italy, trapped in a foreign legal system and behind bars for the murder of her British roommate. Was she a killer, capable of murdering Meredith Kercher in the pursuit of sexual pleasure?
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June 13, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
An American college student accused of killing her British roommate in Italy testified for the first time, offering an alibi for the night of the 2007 slaying and alleging that police beat her into making a false statement. Amanda Knox, 21, said she smoked marijuana, had sex with her boyfriend -- co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito -- and fell asleep at his apartment on the night of the slaying. She said she did not return home until after her roommate was killed. Knox spoke in fluent Italian and English during about six hours of testimony in a packed courtroom in Perugia, where she is being tried on charges of murder and sexual assault for the slaying of 21-year-old student Meredith Kercher.
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October 4, 2011 | By Nina Burleigh
Amanda Knox is nothing if not a good story. The pretty young American who headed to Italy for her junior year abroad, fell for an Italian boy and then landed in the dock with him, accused, convicted and then exonerated on charges of murdering another young woman in a sex game gone wild. Knox was never one of the usual suspects. Her roommate, Meredith Kercher, a British exchange student, was found on the night after Halloween 2007, raped, with her throat slit, in the Perugia apartment they shared.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When promoting a new film, most actresses sit prettily at media junkets and field a slew of inconsequential questions about how they got in shape for a role or how uncomfortable it was to be intimate with a costar. Hayden Panettiere hasn't had it that easy. For the last month, the 21-year-old has been at the center of a firestorm of controversy over her decision to portray a convicted killer in the television movie "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy," which airs Monday on Lifetime.
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April 15, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Details are leaking out of Amanda Knox's "tell-all" memoir, "Waiting to be Heard," which is scheduled to be published in the U.S. on April 30. But its release is now being indefinitely postponed in the U.K. The publication has been pulled due to fears it may run into trouble with Britain's strict libel laws, according to the Guardian. A spokesperson said: "Due to our legal system, and relying upon advice from our counsel, HarperCollins UK will not publish a British edition of Waiting to Be Heard, by Amanda Knox, at this time.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Amanda Knox said in an emotional interview on Friday that news of the Italian court reinstating her murder conviction in the 2007 killing of her British roommate Meredith Kercher hit her "like a train. " "I did not expect this to happen," Knox told Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America. "I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before. " The 26-year-old shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- Lawyers for American student Amanda Knox warned jurors not to overlook mistakes made by investigators as deliberations began here Thursday in Knox's new appeal of her conviction for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher. “We are anxious about your verdict,” lawyer Luciano Ghirga told the judge and jurors moments before they filed out to consider the fate of Knox, 26, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29. Prosecutors have called for sentences of 26 and 30 years for Sollecito and Knox, the exchange student from Seattle who shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood with her throat slashed.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend were found guilty on Thursday in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher . It was the third verdict in the case for Knox, 26, and Raffaele Sollecito, 29, who were found guilty in 2009 of killing Kercher. That conviction was overturned two years later on appeal, only to have the decision later overruled. Knox was not in court Thursday when Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced her to 28-1/2 years in prison, more than the 26 years she received at her first trial.
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January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by an Italian court's decision Thursday to reverse her acquittal in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system,” Knox said in a statement from Seattle. “There has always been a marked lack of evidence. My family and I have suffered greatly from this wrongful persecution.” Knox, 26, shared a house in the Italian town of Perugia with Kercher, then 21, who was found partially naked in a pool of blood, her throat slashed.
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November 6, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis and Janet Stobart
LONDON -- The former boyfriend of American student Amanda Knox pleaded with an Italian appeals court Wednesday to acquit him in the 2007 killing of her British roommate, saying the charges were “absurd.” Taking the stand for the first time at a retrial in Florence, Raffaele Sollecito asked the court to “correct the errors” of those who condemned him, the Italian news agency ANSA reported . "I feel towards me a senseless, shocking persecution,"...
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April 15, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
Details are leaking out of Amanda Knox's "tell-all" memoir, "Waiting to be Heard," which is scheduled to be published in the U.S. on April 30. But its release is now being indefinitely postponed in the U.K. The publication has been pulled due to fears it may run into trouble with Britain's strict libel laws, according to the Guardian. A spokesperson said: "Due to our legal system, and relying upon advice from our counsel, HarperCollins UK will not publish a British edition of Waiting to Be Heard, by Amanda Knox, at this time.
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March 26, 2013 | By Tom Kington, This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details.
ROME -- Amanda Knox, who was ordered Tuesday by Italy's highest court to again stand trial for the murder of her housemate, called the turn in her case "painful. " In a statement, Knox, 25, said that the prosecution's theory in the case "has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair. " Knox, an American from Seattle, was attending school in Italy in 2007 when British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house they shared in Perugia. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted two years later in a case that garnered headlines around the world.
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March 26, 2013 | By Tom Kington, This post has been updated and corrected. See the notes below for details.
ROME -- Amanda Knox, who was ordered Tuesday by Italy's highest court to again stand trial for the murder of her housemate, called the turn in her case "painful. " In a statement, Knox, 25, said that the prosecution's theory in the case "has been repeatedly revealed to be completely unfounded and unfair. " Knox, an American from Seattle, was attending school in Italy in 2007 when British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in the house they shared in Perugia. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted two years later in a case that garnered headlines around the world.
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October 4, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Looking shaken and shy, Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle on Tuesday, ending a four-year Italian ordeal that began when her roommate was brutally slain and she was imprisoned for the crime. Appearing before a madhouse of television cameras, jostling reporters and security guards at Seattle-Tacoma airport, the diminutive Knox at first hunched over in a chair, then tearfully spoke to her hometown. "I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real," she said, her voice quaking.
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