November 24th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Amanda Knox murder appeal opens in Italy

AAmanda Knox speaks to her legal team on Wednesday during her appeal against her murder conviction.

AAmanda Knox speaks to her legal team on Wednesday during her appeal against her murder conviction.

CNN Wire Staff

Perugia, Italy (CNN) - Former American student Amanda Knox went back to court Wednesday to appeal her conviction for murdering her British roommate.

She is tense and has lost weight, her lawyer, Luciano Ghirga, told reporters.

And she is facing a difficult legal battle, he said.

Rather than prosecutors having to prove she is guilty, "we have to prove her innocence, which is more difficult to do," Ghirga said.

Her stepfather, Chris Mellas, said she had a "a very strong appeal" and there were "ample grounds for Amanda's release."

He said he experienced deja vu walking back in the court where she was convicted nearly a year ago and seeing "a new jury, new judge - new judges. Unfortunately the old prosecutor, still, but you can't get everything."

The hearing lasted about 15 minutes before the judge adjourned it until December 11 because one of the lawyers was not present.

Knox, 23, was sentenced last December to 26 years in prison for the killing of Meredith Kercher at the villa they shared in Perugia, the central Italian town where both were students.

Kercher, 21, was found in November 2007, semi-naked with her throat slashed. Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were both found guilty of the murder.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Mia

    Anti-American sentiment and Italian corruption led to this legal atrocity.
    As an apartment mate, Knox's DNA would be all over the place and that includes kitchen gadgets, folding laundry, borrowing clothing,etc... Totally disgusted by the Italian judicial system particularly an Italian prosecutor who has criminal issues of his own.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  2. Amy

    one of the saddest stories i have heard in along time. . .

    December 7, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  3. Pat kerr

    Alas her DNA was found on the murder weapon

    December 4, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  4. jean

    1- Police did not record the interview
    2- no traces FROM her of the victim or on the room
    3- no traces ON her of the victim

    This is a Science fiction story !

    November 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  5. kevin marcella

    amanda knox should be free she did not do the crime from kevin marcella

    November 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm |

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