October 3, 2011- After four long years of court, prison and an appeal, Amanda Knox pleaded with an Italian court trying to persuade them she was innocent of murder. Knox was convicted in December of 2009 of murdering her roommate four years ago in Perugia, Italy.
She told the court she lost a friend four years ago, she has lost her faith in the police in Italy and that she is paying for a crime she did not commit. She spoke to the court in Italian saying she did not know anything about suffering four years ago, but she certainly does now.
She said, “I did not steal, rape or kill.” Adding, “I was not present at the time it occurred.” This is her only appeal and she is asking for the court to overturn the original verdict of guilty. Prosecutors are asking that the court increase her 26-year sentence to life. She ended her speech by placing her hands to her face and weeping.
After Knox’s last statement to the court, the trial ended. A pair of judges and the six members of the jury will now decide her fate. The appeal has hinged mainly on DNA evidence that the defense says was tainted. The evidence was on a bra clasp and knife found at the scene. Knox’s speech ended a week of dramatics, as Knox was called Lucifer-like, Satanic and demonic by a prosecutor.