Guilty verdict stuns Knox, vows to fight on

February 01, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

US student Amanda Knox (right) during an exclusive TV interview with Robin Roberts (left) at Good Morning America in New York, yesterday.

FLORENCE, Italy: An emotional Amanda Knox said yesterday she had been left reeling after an Italian court again found her guilty for murder, and vowed she would never return willingly to serve her sentence.

Knox, 26, was sentenced in absentia to 28 years and six months in prison for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher in the latest dramatic twist in the long-running legal saga.

Both Knox and her former lover Raffaele Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years, have fiercely maintained their innocence and vowed to appeal.

Fighting back tears, Knox told ABC television yeserday the court’s guilty verdict “hit me like a train.”  “I will never go willingly back... I’m going to fight this to the very end,” she said, adding “it’s not right and it’s not fair.” 

Knox, 26, spent four years in an Italian prison after being initially convicted of the murder of her roommate Kercher in Perugia, Italy, where they were both studying.

She was freed when an appeals court threw out the conviction in 2011, but Italy’s supreme court ordered the case retried and an appeals court found her guilty Thursday. 

“I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much more from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent once before,” Knox said in her first television interview since the latest verdict was announced.

AFP

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