Amanda Knox told an Italian judge in a five-page email that she didn’t kill her roommate and that she did not attend the trial out of fear of being wrongly convicted.
“I didn't kill. I didn't rape. I didn't rob. I didn't plot. I didn't instigate. I didn't kill Meredith," Knox wrote in the email, according to The Associated Press
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Judge Alessandro Nencini said the email did not have the legal standing that Knox’s appearance would have had, AP said, and indicated he only had the word of her lawyers that the letter even came from Knox.
“Who wants to speak at a trial, comes to the trial," AP reported Nencini said. “I never saw her. I don't know her."
"I am not in court because I am afraid. I am afraid that the vehemence of the prosecution will make an impression on you, that their smoke will get in your eyes and blind you," Knox’s email said, as reported by AP. "I am not afraid of your powers of discernment, but because the prosecution has succeeded already in convincing a court comprised of responsible and perceptive adults to convict innocent people, Raffaele and me."
The trial, which is the third one attempting to convict Knox of the murder of Meredith Kercher, is continuing. Knox spent four years in jail after being convicted initially; she was released when she was acquitted on appeal and returned to the United States. That decision was overturned in March.
Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, is also accused of the murder. He has testified in several hearings.
Saying in the email that she wasn’t a “psychopath,” NBC News said Knox pushed the point that forensic evidence isn’t tying her to the scene
“The prosecution has failed in its attempt to prove that I was on the murder scene and that I was the one to fatally stab her without leaving any DNA of mine on the scene. Either I was there or I wasn’t and all of the forensic evidence proves I was not,” the email said.
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