The jury has returned from their deliberation of Amanda Knox’s appeal, and they’ve found her not guilty as she is to be immediately set free.
In the moments leading up to the jury’s announcement, you could see the anxiety in Knox’s eyes as she awaited the word on her fate, as he looked utterly terrified. The world saw her lawyer lean in and speak with her, one can only imagine what he was saying at that moment.
Earlier today Amanda Knox tearfully told an Italian appeals court Monday that she did not kill her British roommate. She asked the jury to set her free so she could return home to the United States.
If you’re unfamiliar with Amanda Knox situation, here is a quick refresher:
Knox was a 20-year-old University of Washington language student who shared a flat with Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old college student from Coulsdon, South London. The two shared a flat in Perugia while they attended the University of Foreigners for one year, studying Italian, German and creative writing. Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom on the afternoon of November 2, 2007 by police. It appeared that Kercher had been sexually assaulted and stabbed to death. Two mobile phones, two credit cards and 300 euros in cash had also been stolen from her.
A local resident of Perugia, Rudy Guede, was convicted on October 28, 2008 of sexual assault and murder. Raffaele Sollecito, an Italian student, and Kercher’s flatmate, Knox, were convicted of sexual assault and murder in a separate trial on December 4, 2009. They were each given sentences of 25 and 26 years. The duo have appealed the courts decision.
Many saw Knox and Sollecito as innocent and victims of a miscarriage of justice while others view pair has directly linked to the assault as well as the murder.
Do you think justice was served today? Let us know in the comments.
Twitter erupted over the the jury’s announcement:
#Knox. She is free to go. http://t.co/8i171nK5Italian jury partially overturns conviction of U.S. student Amanda
Amanda Knox — NOT GUILTY of murder.
Wow. Jury in Amanda Knox has overturned her murder conviction. She’s a free woman.
Congratulations to amanda knox and the knox family for the overturning of her guilty verdict in italy. What a relief it must be for them!!
Wow! Such an emotional moment for Amanda Knox…she’s just been set free!!!!
Amanda Knox and the bloke nobody cares about because he’s not an attractive young lady acquitted.
The people outside the courtroom are booing Amanda Knox. And rightfully so.
I know 110% that people can be found guilty of crimes they did not commit – thinking of Amanda Knox & of course Meredith’s family
Finally Amanda Knox is free, hopefully they have a private jet that gets her out of there today. Those parent have to b ecstatic!
It seems like the Occupy Perugia has a lot more spirit and energy than Occupy Wall Street. Amanda Knox to be freed.
It’s really scary for exchanged students. You could b caught up in mess like Amanda Knox. She arrives home to a dead roommate & gets blamed
Amanda Knox is free. I haven’t cared so little about a trial season final season of Matlock. Note: I used that joke for Casey Anthony, too.
Amanda Knox not guilty, huh? Wow, White Girls are winning this year. Think I’ll go kill someone and see what happens.
Crying watching Amanda Knox, Raffaelle Sollecito acquitted. Two young lives saved. RIP Amanda Kercher.