Amanda Knox Pleads to Jury For Freedom
Four years after she was arrested on suspicion of having killed her roommate in Italy, American Amanda Knox pleaded for a jury to overturn the conviction.
“People always ask who is Amanda Knox? I am the same person I was four years ago. But I have lost a friend. I have lost my faith in Italian police,” she said.
“I am paying with my life for something I have not done. Four years ago I didn’t know what suffering was,” she added, delivering her statement in Italian.
“I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I was not there.”
In her second trial, Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito are fighting to be acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher. They were convicted in 2009.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, have called for their sentences – of 26 and 25 years, respectively – to be increased to life. Two judges and six jurors will decide.
Amanda Knox’s appeal has focused largely on DNA evidence found on a knife and on a bra clasp belonging to the victim. They argue it’s not enough.
Closing arguments was Knox called “Lucifer-like, demonic and Satanic,” but her defense says that like Jessica Rabbit, she’s not bad, just “drawn that way.”