Amanda Knox Maintains Innocence in Roommate's Murder

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    May 02, 2013 08:10

    Amanda Knox is shown during the taping of an interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer in New York on April 9, 2013. /AP

    American Amanda Knox says she did not kill her roommate while they were students in Perugia, Italy and was not present in their house the night the 2007 murder took place.

    In an interview this week with the U.S. television network ABC, Knox said she wants the "truth to come out" and to be "reconsidered as a person." She said what happened to her was "surreal, but it could have happened to anyone."

    Knox is promoting her new memoir, in which she maintains her innocence in the murder of Meredith Kerchner. She also describes the harrowing time she faced while imprisoned for four years in an Italian jail.

    Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, have been free since 2011, when an appeals court overturned their convictions and sentences of 26 and 25 years. Sollecito also maintains his innocence.

    But in March, Italy's top criminal court overturned the acquittal of Knox and Sollecito, ordering a retrial in the case of the murder of Kerchner.

    At the time, Knox called the court's move "painful" and said the prosecution's case is "completely unfounded and unfair." Knox's defense attorney, Carlo Dalla Vedova, also protested the ruling.

    Prosecutors have said Kerchner, a British student who lived with Knox when the two were exchange students in Perugia, Italy, was killed in their house when a sex game turned violent.

    A third suspect in the case, former drug dealer Rudy Guede, was given a 30-year prison sentence, which later was reduced to 16 years. The Ivorian man is now serving time for the murder.

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