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Amanda Knox Cleared Of Murder

October 4, 2011 by staff 

Amanda Knox Cleared Of MurderAmanda Knox Cleared Of Murder, Amanda Knox was acquitted tonight after a court overturned the conviction for the murder of the student at the University of Leeds Meredith Kercher.

The American 24-year-old has spent four years in prison for the murder in Perugia, Italy, she insisted that he participated in.

But her nightmare ended when members of the jury in her appeal trial found not guilty of stabbing Miss Kercher after forcing it in a violent sex game.

Knox, of Seattle, was jailed for 26 years in December 2009 after a trial lasting one year, alongside Italian Raffaele Sollecito ex-boyfriend who was jailed for 25 years.

Sollecito, 27, was also cleared tonight after a successful appeal.

The verdicts came after the former lovers of heartfelt speeches to Perugia court this morning, proclaiming her innocence once again.

Knox, seen by her distraught family in medieval chamber, said: “I am who I say I am – the perversion, violence, disrespect for life – and I did not do the things they say I did.

“I did not kill, I do not rape, I did not steal. I was not there at that time.”

Containing emotion, told the jury: “I want my life. I do not want to be punished. Do not want my life led by something I did not because I am innocent.”

The semi-na*ed body of Miss Kercher, 21, of Coulsdon Surrey, was found on November 2, 2007, at the home she shared with Knox in the year overseas.

Small drug dealer Rudy Guede, 24, from Ivory Coast, was jailed for the murder and sexual violence after a separate proceeding at the same time he also protests her innocence, her conviction was upheld on appeal.

Hundreds of people gathered in the streets outside the court shouted “shame” when they learned of the decision.

Knox was told to pay 22,000 euros in compensation to Diya “Patrick” Lumumba, a barman, falsely accused of murder.

Knox left the court in tears, followed shortly by Sollecito, who showed little expression on her face.

Members of the Knox family smiled and hugged after the results were read by the judge. Some friends and family simply clasped her hands over her mouth, apparently in shock.

Her mother Edda Nicks helped wipe the tears from the face of one of the friends of her daughter as the verdict sunk in Lawyers were also hugging and patting each other on the back.

Lyle brother and sister Stephanie Meredith comforted each other as they sat in the room with her mother Arline.

Television footage showed hundreds of people outside the courthouse, with dozens of cameramen and photographers trying to get images.

Screams and boos could be heard outside the building in response to the acquittal.

Knox victory was won after a successful public relations campaign, fought for her family, who have repeatedly given interviews to the media about her wrongful conviction.

In stark contrast to the Kercher family, who have maintained a dignified silence since she lost her daughter and sister, Knoxs deployed all the resources at her disposal to save her own.

Knox’s stepfather, Chris Nicks, even moved to Perugia to be near her stepdaughter and attend the appeal hearings.

Secured her acquittal, Knox is expected to return to the U.S. with her family as soon as possible.

His next move remains to be seen, but is known to have been writing her memoirs in prison, while rumors of million dollar offers for the first television interview with her have been common.

The Kerchers declined to comment before whether it would fight the court’s decision should be quashed the conviction, but is likely to address this issue tomorrow.

Prosecutors are expected to appeal, even knowing that once Knox has gone home, almost certainly not be extradited to Italy.

One member of the howling crowd shouted through a megaphone that Knox and Sollecito was guilty, prompting applause from members of the densely populated part of the public gathered in the square outside.

When the lawyer Giulia Bongiorno Sollecito appeared in the square the furious roar of the crowd became deafening.

Arline Kercher left the court without comment and was escorted to a waiting car before being expelled.

Ms Bongiorno said the acquittal of her client: “It is clear that Raphael had nothing to do with it.

“I want to emphasize the four years of suffering that these two young men went through but I want to emphasize the very positive result of this test.”

Knox lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova, said Miss Knox and Kercher had been friends and expressed her condolences to the family of Kercher on behalf of her client and her family.

Asked what would now Knox, said: “We are eager to take back home as soon as possible.

“We’re going to jail now to complete the procedure. I know that Amanda wants to go home -. He has been away from home four years ago and wants to return to Seattle”

He said he had been tense before the hearing and it was a “very important day for her.”

He said: “Justice has overcome and corrected an error.

“It was a terrible tragedy at first because of the death of Meredith.

“Meredith was a friend of Amanda, so we should not forget this. We have to respect the family’s grief.

“But there is no winner here. Justice has recognized that Amanda was not involved in the murder.”

He asked what the U.S. said after hearing the result, said: “She said nothing, but she was so happy that he began to mourn.

“She had relief. She was extremely worried at the beginning. I was scared. She felt that today was very important.”

The lawyer said her client had been in the “border” between prison life and freedom.

He told her: “Amanda is a very intelligent girl.

“We were able to appreciate the extreme intelligence and intense sound of Amanda, and we are very pleased that we have Amanda as a customer.”

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