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Italian judges toss Amanda Knox murder conviction and close case

Amanda Knox is a free woman.

Reuters

Case closed.

Italy’s Supreme Court overturned Amanda Knox’s murder conviction Friday -- and then stunned many when it said there would be no retrial, as was expected.

Ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito’s conviction was also overturned.

He and Knox, an American from Seattle, had been found guilty in 2009 of the slaying of their roommate, British student Meredith Kercher, 21.

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All three shared an apartment in the Italian city of Perugia at the time of Kercher’s slaying in 2007. Her lifeless partially-nude body was found in the flat. Her throat had been slashed.

“We’re very pleased,” Knox’s lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, told CNN. He noted his client spent four years in prison, until an appeals judge set her free in 2011.

“This has been a nightmare for her,” he said.

She holds no anger towards Italy and would love to come back, he said.

“She loves Italy,” he said.

The court did not give an explanation for the decision but is expected to release a report at a later date.

In a statement, Knox, 27, said she was relieved.

"I am tremendously relieved and grateful for the decision," Knox said. "The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal.”

Rudy Guede, a drifter said to be infatuated with the victim, is serving a 16-year sentence for the crime, but judges in the previous trials ruled he did not act alone.

Those judges said Knox directed the Ivory Coast-born Guede, and her ex-boyfriend, to kill Kercher.

If the conviction against Knox had been upheld it would probably have sparked a complicated extradition process by Italian authorities.

Knox has made a new life in Seattle, is engaged, and writing theater reviews.

 
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