October 4, 2011 |
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.
October 3, 2011 |
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?
January 30, 2014 |
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.
June 13, 2009 |
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.
April 15, 2013 |
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.
March 26, 2013 |
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.