Pain and dismay were etched on Amanda Knox's face at the very moment she was told she is going to be retried for murder.
The stunning news that Italy's highest court has overturned her acquittal was broken to Knox in Seattle at 2:00am by her lawyer.
Knox and her Italian boyfriend were charged with murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, when she was studying aboard in Italy in 2007.
Since her release in 2011 after four years in prison, Knox has been methodically rebuilding the life she left behind in Seattle. She has a new boyfriend—a classical guitarist named James Terrano, who was with her when she received today's news.
Knox has also renewed her close bond with her sister Deanna and with friends who stood by her side during her ordeal. She is studying at the University of Washington, taking classes in German and Creative Writing.
Now 25, Knox lives in a neighborhood of Seattle known as the International District. She's a regular at a neighborhood market.
Next month, Knox publishes her memoir, Waiting To Be Heard, for which she was paid a reported $4 million.
She is not required to go back to Italy for the re-trial, but if she is convicted, Italian authorities could demand her extradition from the USA.
Her lawyer, Theodore Simon had this to say when asked whether Knox would ever go back:
"The family, as well as Amanda will abide by the rule of law as they always have," said Simon.
Knox released a defiant statement: "My family and I will face this continuing legal battle confident in the truth and with our heads held high in the face of wrongful accusations."