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Amanda Knox Freed After Jury Overturns Murder Conviction

Amanda Knox Freed After Jury Overturns Murder Conviction

Amanda Knox breaks down in tears after a jury overturns her murder conviction on Monday (October 3) in Perugia, Italy.

The 24-year-old from Seattle, Wash., and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, won their appeal after they were initially sentenced to 26 years and 25 years in jail, respectively, for the 2007 stabbing of Amanda‘s roommate Meredith Kercher.

Earlier in the day, Amanda told the appellate court jury of eight Italians that she “did not do the things they said I did. I did not kill, rape or steal. I was not there.”

Amanda and Raffaele spent nearly four years in prison but both maintained their innocence in the brutal murder of the 21-year-old British student.

“We’re thankful Amanda‘s nightmare is over. We’re grateful for the support we have received from all over the world,” her sister, Deanna, read in a statement after the verdict was read.

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  • Hi!

    wow actual news on this sight even though i would have no idea at all who these people are since i don’t live in America but still proper news haha

  • Asha

    Yeaaah. I am glad she got released. There was not enough evidence to sentence her for a crime she never committed in the first place. They have the right person in custody for Meredith’s murder.

  • Francine

    Countdown to mega book deal….. 3 .. 2 …

  • Bob

    White women just get away with anything.

  • Daby

    For some reason I don’t think she did this…and I think the Italian courts railroaded the verdict of guilty down our throats. So I’m glad she is finally free. Too many inconsistencies with the evidence, time lines and DNA.

  • James Griffin

    We should expect the sequel to Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy (2011) to be officially announced any moment now with Hayden Panettiere set to reprise her role as Amanda Knox. It’s a phenomenal story and a slam-dunk Oscar for her.

  • MarilynandtheDiamonds

    She’s a MUR to the DER to the ER!

  • Nina

    I’m italian… and I’m really glad that she’s finally free.

  • شات حلا

    just because she’s free now doesn’t mean she’s not guilty.
    no one knows what really happened.
    God will judge Meredith’s murderers…

  • no justice

    she’s an effin killer. ah well, welcome amanda to the oj, casey anthony hall of fame. shame on the prosecution for being lame.

  • di

    See what a powerful PR team can do for you. She is guilty. She and her boyfriend brought that other guy to Meridith just to trouble her as Meridit used to oppose to Amanda bringing guys to where they stay as it jeopardizes everyones safety. So Amanda and her boyfriend brought the other guy when every other Italian flat mates had gone on public holiday and Meridit was alone and forced her to participate in some game so that they are even which resulted in the killing
    She might not have done it herself but she clearly had a part in it. May be she just wanted the other guy to rape Meridit and she was hiding nearby after letting him into the flat. Later when every thing went wrong they had to break the window from inside

  • hmm…

    Im really conflicted about this. Part of me wants to believe that she’s innocent because of all the tampering the prosecution did with the evidence and trying to paint her as a sex and drug addict. But then again there was some pretty substantial evidence against her to be convicted. I think the prosecution really just destroyed this case for themselves especially with the prison guard and HIV incident. Anyways if she is innocent I wish her the best and hope she can get her life back on track but if she is actually guilty well then….

  • gerd

    I don’t understand why the Kercher family are so determined to prove that Knox did it, especially when there’s already an admitted and convicted murderer. why would they want someone to spend 26 years in prison, when evidence for Knox being somehow involved were basically slim to none. I couldn’t have that on my conscience. Treasure your daughters memory and move on.

  • Mina

    When they will make a movie about her Lily Collins will play her. They look a like.

  • hmm…

    Also I dont think anyone should criticize the actions of the Kercher family they lost a daughter and wanted justice; whether Amanda is truly innocent is something we might never know and its going to be tough for the Kercher family to live with that

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    criticize the actions of the Kercher family

  • Pix

    @gerd: maybe because they think she’s guilty? She was convincted of slander Patrick Lumumba, why would she ever did that if she wasn’t guilty?

  • Domino

    Casey Anthony needs a roommate. They should be BFFs.

  • Anne

    She may not have stuck the knife in but she was involved

    She lied about everything from the start you wouldnt do that if your friend had been murdered. You cant trust a word she says

    Sad thing is she will milk this for everything its worth and earn a fortune

  • Genie

    I don’t believe her innocence. Not in a time of forensic evidence. I guess the one armed man must have done it.

  • شات حلا

    sorry, I mean Allah will judge Meredith’s murderers..

  • gerd

    Listen she might have done it yes, and that is now her tragedy, ‘she just might have’ is a stigma that will now always follow her. But…Maybe…after being questioned for hours and hours in a foreign country, she being only 19 at the time panicked, realizing that she was an actual suspect, hey i might do the same. No one knows what exactly happened..and maybe it’s because i’m scandinavian but you don’t just dole out 26 years sentences when there’s an overwhelming doubt.

  • Anon

    Thank goodness! Amanda Knox is innocent, the real killer is already behind bars people! Read this Rolling Stone article for the facts:

    http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/the-neverending-nightmare-of-amanda-knox-20110627

  • ???

    Her and Casey Anthony should have a heart to heart and Oj Simpson should watch

  • Crazy

    The world has gone mad! All the murderers are getting free.

  • duh

    @Crazy: I know seriously its becoming scaring its like saying oh wait you’re too pretty for jail you dont looks like a murder ahhh seriously

  • Ty

    guilt by association, her bf definitely did it.

  • shar

    Yes, if she really did it or not. I believe God will be the judge. And I do hope that justice will be brought to Meredith’s case. RIP

  • sweetness

    Italy is dependent on USA foreign aid, behind the scenes there was pressure to release her or Italy would start seeing that aid dry up.

    Italy got 4 years from her but $$$ from USA is more important.

  • c’mn!

    C’mon! Don’t believe fairytales please! The black guy was guilty but the sentence said: He helped someone else. He wasn’t alone. And only two people could have been right there that night. Most of italian people are speechless, really

  • wow

    Money (and mafia, and politics) can buy you freedom, even if you are a murderer

  • Ghost

    Guilty as sin. There was certainly enough evidence to convict her of murder in the first trial . And she was , now we see what money can buy, an unjust verdict in the second one. If anyone read about or saw the first trial then there would be no doubt in your minds that she is guilty…

  • http://thepundit.net James Woods

    It’s really mindblowing to see how the media in both countries have painted her as being anything but a suspect in a murder case.

    Both countries “media” have portrayed various storylines pretty much rallying for the defense and it was all a bit numbing.

    A girl is dead here and I don’t think there is any evidence saying it was a suicide. It’s sorta hard to slash your own throat.

    Another OJ victory I guess.

    Amanda and the other killers that are set free will be judged by a higher power.

    We’ll see how that verdict goes.

  • uh-oh

    oh she got the Casey Anthony free pass hurry up murderess before the coupon expires

  • Maria

    I knew she was innocent after all the evidence was not only contaminated but when the Prosecutor/Judge ‘s presentation with what Amanda and her boyfriend supposedly did was so widely bizarre you know off the law these 2 kids were innocent. Often these girls would hook up with a guy and things turn out for the worst. That’s what happened to Meredith. Just like many young women in the USA found dead by the guys they hooked up with at a club or bar. It’s not unusual. Amanda and her boyfriend were convicted by association from this corrupt prosecutor and judge in the first trial. Having fingerprints in utensils you share with a roommate doesn’t make you guilty of murder and that’s what the first prosecutor/judge convicted Amanda and her bf with in the first trial. I’m glad this is a lesson for international law to study. It really made Italy’s court system in the first trial a big joke.

  • *

    this murderer will pay for her actions in hell..now she will come to the US and kill again. It makes me sick to my stomach that our government is behind this. THey paid for her release with OUR money!
    The end is truly near, the innocent are dying, while pay no consequences. First Casey Antony, now this witch. Here’s hoping they burn in hell for all eternity.

  • pup

    @no justice: 100% AGREE!

  • Jess

    So many people do not know the facts of this case.
    All of the forensic evidence used to convict Amanda was found to be unreliable because it didn’t measure up to the standards regarding the procedures in which it was tested.
    And it was circumstantial, at best.
    Do a little learning before you pass judgement.
    She is INNOCENT.

  • Maria

    What happened to Meredith is that she hooked up with the killer. Just like Natalie Holloway hooked up with Joran. They both killed the girl they hooked up with. Sadly the latter, the body was never found.

    2 innocent lives were wrongly convicted and served 4 years. That’s unjust. Contamination of evidence, no blood, no DNA, no solid proof. Just finger prints in utencils which doesn’t make a person who happens to be a roommate guilty.

    Justice have been served by the RIGHT Italian judge and jury.

    May Meredith RIP properly.

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  • Ghost

    How can this pathetic idiot be released when she was justly convicted of murder ? Answer: Her parents had time to buy her freedom. What a sad day this must be for the victims family… Amanda Knox is without a doubt guilty of murder… May she rot in Hell…

  • Oc

    I must admit that she is an attractive woman, but it doesn’t mean that she is innocent. I can believe, that she didn’t murdered Meredith by her own hand, but she was there and did nothing. She didn’t call the police. Two people: she and her boyfriend didn’t even try to stop the murderer.
    And the most shocking thing, from my point of view, is that she took a shower after she had seen Meredith on the floor in blood, and only then call the police. It’s rather strange. Don’t you think so?
    P.S. I’m sorry for my English, it’s not my native language.

  • Elisia

    First and foremost my thoughts are primarily with the Kercher family… RIP Meredith Xx

  • samm

    @MarilynandtheDiamonds: there’s not a whole lot of evidence to prove that.

  • Natalie

    I’ve been reading up on this case, and it amazes me that people will believe anything the media tells them, without questioning, researching or verifying anything for themselves….. they just read the headlines and are convinced they know the truth because it has been published, so how could it be a lie?? it’s not like there are any dirty journalists, cops, prosecutors, judges in the world…. oh, wait! there are…. and the lead prosecutor in this case has been convicted of illegal activities in another case…. so please, please, before jumping to conclusions based solely on media coverage or sensationalist stories by a convicted prosecutor, try to read a little about the case and you’ll be convinced of their innocence, as I was, and as were the judges and jury that finally set two INNOCENT people free…. I hope Amanda and Raffaele get the justice and peace they deserve, just as Meredith and her family deserve the truth of what really happened to her that horrible night….

  • Maria

    @Natalie: agreed!
    Looks like we’re the only ones who know the case since 2007. Corrupt and criminal Prosecutor convicted 2 innocent lives for 4 years. Dragged it out this long. Botched the evidence sending false hopes to the Kercher Family. This Prosecutor whom all of Italy knows is corrupt and a criminal himself, ruined 3 families so he can stroke his ego.

    And people who know nothing of the case should not even form an opinion. OJ was acquitted for contaminated evidence, Knox and bf was convicted not only with a contaminated evidence but all evidence leads to no evidence.

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