Amanda Knox Defiant Following Second Guilty Verdict
A courageous Amanda Knox appeared on Good Morning America saying she is innocent after she was found guilty, again, of murdering her roommate in Italy. INSIDE EDITION explains.
Amanda Knox vows to fight to the bitter end after having been found guilty, once again, of murdering her roommate.
She said, “I will never go willingly back. My first reaction was ‘No, this is wrong.’”
Twenty-six-year-old Knox appeared on Good Morning America on Friday in her first interview since the shocking news from Italy.
Her eyes brimmed with tears as she said, “I can't do this on my own and I can't help people understand this on my own.”
She choked up and was repeatedly unable to complete her sentences. She said, “I'm not crazy. It just puts you in a position where you feel like…” as Knox began to cry.
Knox insisted she was innocent, blaming the new guilty verdict on a biased Italian legal system. The Italian court re-sentenced her to 28 years on Thursday for the murder of 21-year-old British roommate Meredith Kercher.
Stephanie Kercher, Meredith's sister said at a press conference, "I think we are still on the journey to the truth and it may be the fact that we don't really know what really happened that night."
Knox had previously been found guilty in 2009 and served four years in jail, but that verdict was overturned. She was freed and allowed to return to the U.S.
The big question now, is will she be extradited to Italy?
In an interview just before the new verdict came in, Knox made her feelings clear, saying, "They'll have to catch me and pull me back kicking and screaming." (Source: The Guardian)
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz told INSIDE EDITION, "There is a volume of evidence against her. Under the law, if her conviction is upheld, she should be extradited. But there is so much bias in the media and by politicians in her favor."
The famous American beauty, known worldwide as “Foxy Knoxy” is sporting a dowdy new look having cut her hair into a bob and wearing granny glasses.
Her case is dividing people in America. INSIDE EDITION asked people on the street for their thoughts. One woman said, "I think she is guilty." A man on the street said, "I think she is innocent." Another woman said, "I don't think she did it. I think she might know who did it, but I don't think she did it."
Knox's ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was also re-convicted on Thursday.
Drama erupted when he was picked up by cops in the small Italian town of Venzone, near the Austrian border, triggering fears that he was trying to flee the country. He was found in a hotel with his new girlfriend and his Italian passport was confiscated.
His lawyer, John Q. Kelly, denied Sollecito was attempting a great escape on the Today show, saying, "He had planned on being away from the courthouse. He had planned on being away from his home and media hotspots after the verdict."
Knox flew from her home in Seattle to New York under cloak and dagger secrecy. Photographers staking out her parents' house say a decoy was hustled away, hiding her face under a hoodie. It turned out not to be her.
The real Knox arrived at GMA’s Times Square studio in the midst of Super Bowl frenzy.
She wrapped up her interview with a tearful plea for justice, saying, “I can only testify to what happened to me and hope that people believe me. I think the answers are out there and I really, really, ask people try to look for those.”
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