On Monday, British student Amanda Knox, who was sentenced to 26 years in jail for the murder of another British roommate, arrived in court for the final appeal and pleaded not guilty with tears in her eyes, Associated Press reports. After her final statement, the court began deliberations.
During her final appeal in court that took place on Monday, Amanda Knox had an emotional speech in which she sustained her innocence. “I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there at the crime”, she told the court. According to the media correspondents that were at the place, she took several pauses to breathe and had tears in her eyes most of the time. She even made the jury cry. She told them that she was not there at the time of the murder and believes that if she had been there, she would have been dead, as well. “She had her bedroom next to mine, she was killed in our own apartment”, Knox said through tears and added: “”I insist I’m innocent and that must be defended. I just want to go home, go back to my life”.
Amanda Knox was sentenced in 2009 to 26 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher, 21, whom she shared and rented apartment with. Kercher was found dead with her throat cut. The urder was attributed to Knox and her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito . The young man was found guilty, too, and received 25 years in prison.
Sollecito had his own plea on Monday, in which he stated that he never hurt anyone in his life and showed the court and the jury a bracelet he has been wearing for four years now [the time he spent in jail] which had a text printed on it: “Free Amanda and Rafaelle”. He added that there were many emotions concentrated in it and that it was finally time to take it off.
The parents of the late Meredith Kercher have arrived to Perugia and are expected to show up in court at the time of the verdict.