American student Amanda Knox broke down in tears as she made a final plea against her murder conviction at an appeal hearing in Italy. Knox has been in prison over her involvement in the 2007 rape and murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who was found dead in the house they shared in Perugia. Knox and her boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, had been sentenced in 2009 to 26 years in prison over their involvement in Miss Kercher’s death.
Amanda Knox is due to fly home to the US after her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher was overturned. Miss Knox, 24, and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were released from prison on Monday night after the acquittals. The American, who wept with relief in court when the verdict was read out, will now fly home from Rome to the US. She had been serving a 26-year sentence and Sollecito 25 years for the murder of Meredith, a British student, in Perugia in November 2007. The 21-year
Amanda Knox has spoken publicly for the first time since being cleared of the murder of Meredith Kercher. The 24-year-old arrived in America, saying she was overwhelmed to be back — and thanked her family and supporters for believing in her. Our senior news correspondent, Ian Woods, was on the flight to Seattle with Amanda Knox — his report contains flash photography.