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Amanda Knox Court Days Not Over as Acquittal Appealed in Italy

Monday, 25 Mar 2013 10:23 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Though Amanda Knox wasn't there Monday as Italy's supreme court prepared to hear arguments from prosecutors looking to appeal her acquittal in the 2007 murder of her roommate, a member of her legal team said the Seattle woman phoned in over the weekend saying she was "anxious."

Knox, 25, has been free since 2011, when an Italian appeals court overturned her murder conviction. She has since returned home to Seattle.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito became instant media spectacles when they were convicted of murdering Knox's British housemate Meredith Kercher in 2009. Knox had been studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, at the time.

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Knox, an American college student from Seattle, spent four years in an Italian prison and was sentenced to 26 years following her initial conviction. Sollecito was sentenced to 25. But, in 2011, an appeals court threw out their convictions and harshly criticized the prosecution's handling of evidence.

Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter, was also convicted in the 2007 murder and is serving a 16-year prison term.

The case has since spawned a Lifetime movie and various documentaries both in the United States and abroad.

Now, prosecutors and Kercher's family want the acquittals of both Knox and Sollecito thrown out

"We feel that Amanda and Raffaele are guilty and were in the room with Rudy Guede," Francesco Maresca, lawyer for the Kercher family, told reporters as he entered the Corte di Cassazione, Italy's supreme court, in Rome on Monday.

Sollecito was not present at Monday's hearing, though his father was. Luciano Ghirga, a member of Knox's legal team, told ABC News he heard from his client on Sunday.

"She is anxious. She is following the process very closely," Ghirga said.

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Diane Sawyer, anchor of ABC's "World News," will sit down with Amanda Knox on April 30 in her first televised primetime interview. Knox's book, "Waiting to Be Heard," will also debut that day.


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