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Amanda Knox on retrial: 'Everything is at stake'

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:10 a.m. HST, Sep 20, 2013

NEW YORK >> American student Amanda Knox defended her decision not to return to Italy for a new appeals trial over the 2007 killing of her British roommate, even as she acknowledged that "everything is at stake," insisting she is innocent.

"I was already imprisoned as innocent person in Italy, and I can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience," Knox said in an interview this morning with Matt Lauer on NBC's "Today" show. "I just can't relive that."

Lauer asked Knox if she worried that she was handing prosecutors an admission of guilt by not attending the trial.

The Seattle native replied, "I look at it of an admission of innocence, to be quite honest."

Knox said there was no trace of her in the room where her roommate, Meredith Kercher, was found killed when both were exchange students studying in Perugia, Italy. Kercher's throat had been slashed. "It's impossible for me to have participated in this crime if there's no trace of me," Knox said.

She said school and finances also were keeping her from attending the trial, which is scheduled to begin in Florence on Sept. 30.

In March, Italy's supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding.

Knox said Friday that she still had faith in the Italian legal system.

"I believe that people who really care about justice and look at this without prejudice will come to same conclusion," she said.

Still, she acknowledged that the prospect of returning to prison haunted her.

"I thought about what it would be like to live my entire life in prison and to lose everything, to lose what I've been able to come back to and rebuild," she said. "I think about it all the time. It's so scary. Everything is at stake."




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allie wrote:
Her acts are suspicious and she is in no way a heroine. Poor morals hurt
on September 20,2013 | 07:22AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
IRT all-lie, your comments are nonsensical.
on September 20,2013 | 07:35AM
Nevadan wrote:
You go to a foreign country. How likely is it that after one week, you kill your roommate?
on September 20,2013 | 11:31AM
pcman wrote:
She needs to reveal what she knows about the person who killed her boyfriend. She should denounce her trust of the socialist justice system in Italy, which she refuses to do.
on September 20,2013 | 07:38AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
I didn't know her bf was also killed. I thought it was only her room mate who was murdered.
on September 20,2013 | 07:46AM
PokeStop wrote:
Her boyfriend wasn't murdered. He was Amanda's co-defendant in the case and also was convicted.
on September 20,2013 | 08:01AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Guilty the first time and guilty this time.
on September 20,2013 | 09:24AM
Dude, she was found not guilty, so if your premise was to come to fruition, then it would lead me to believe NOT GUILTY, AGAIN!!
on September 20,2013 | 09:49AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
She was never found not guilty. Her conviction was overturned because of alleged chain of evidence issues, but she never found not guilty. My premise stands....guilty the first time and guilty this time.
on September 20,2013 | 10:56AM
Mei mei wrote:
Surely, there has to be more clues or trails that will lead to the actual killer or killers. Amanda & her ex have been acquitted, but the Italian court system wants to re-trial her/them again? I suppose their investigators must not have found any other leads... and consider them still the prime suspects~
on September 20,2013 | 09:32AM
Charliegrunt wrote:
She'd have to be crazy to return for ANOTHER APPEALS TRIAL. This has nothing to do with her guilt or innocence, BUT REMEMBER THAT THE ITALIAN JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT FROM OURS, which puts her at a disadvantage and court costs.
on September 20,2013 | 11:30AM
Nevadan wrote:
on September 20,2013 | 11:38AM
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