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Amanda Knox is best known for her conviction and acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy, Meredith Kercher. Her acquittal was overturned in 2013.
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Amanda Knox was tried and convicted for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, who died from knife wounds in the apartment she shared with Knox in 2007. Knox and her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were both found guilty of killing Kercher, receiving 26- and 25-year prison sentences, respectively. In October 2011, Knox and Sollecito were acquitted and set free. In March 2013, Knox was ordered to stand trial again for Kercher's murder. Italy's final court of appeal, the Court of Cassation,
"I believe that any questions as to my innocence must be examined by an objective investigation and a capable prosecution. The prosecution responsible for the many discrepancies in their work must be made to answer for them, for Raffaele's sake, my sake, and most especially for the sake of Meredith's family. Our hearts go out to them."
overturned both Knox's and Sollecito's acquittals.
Amanda Marie Knox was born on July 9, 1987, in Seattle, Washington, to Edda Mellas, a math teacher, and Curt Knox, a vice president of finance at Macy's. Knox has two younger sisters, Deanna and Ashley Knox. Knox's parents divorced when she was a toddler.
Growing up in a middle class neighborhood, Amanda Knox played soccer, and her athletic skill earned her the nickname 'Foxy Knoxy,' according to her parents. It was a nickname that would come back to haunt Knox years later.
In 2005, Amanda Knox graduated from Seattle Preparatory High School. She entered the University of Washington that fall, planning to pursue a degree in linguistics.
By all appearances, Amanda Knox was an ordinary college student. She threw loud parties, was named to the Dean's List, and worked several jobs to pay her tuition. Friends recall her as a kind, gentle individual.
To further pursue her linguistics degree, the 20-year-old Knox left Washington and headed for Perugia, Italy, where she planned to spend a year at the University for Foreigners.
In Perugia, Knox roomed with Meredith Kercher, a 21-year-old student from London. Kercher was also studying linguistics abroad for a year.
Soon after she arrived in Perugia, Knox and Kercher attended a classical music concert. There, Knox met a 23-year-old Italian computer engineering student named Raffaele Sollecito. Knox and Sollecito began dating soon afterward.
On November 1, 2007, Amanda Knox was supposed to work at a pub called Le Chic, where she had a part-time job. After her boss, Patrick Lumbumba, sent her a text message saying that she wasn't needed, Knox went to Sollecito's apartment for the night.
Knox and Sollecito reportedly returned to her apartment the next day around 12 p.m. and found the front door open, windows broken and blood in the bathroom. Knox called Kercher's phone, but there was no answer. She then called their third roommate. Finally, Knox called her mother in Seattle, who told her to call the police.
Two officers soon appeared at the scene; they were postal police officers, used to investigating postal crimes, not murder investigations. They entered the apartment to investigate, and kicked down the door to Kercher's bedroom. Inside, they found Kercher's body on the floor, covered in a duvet that was soaked in blood.
Amanda Knox and Rafaelle Sollecito were taken to the police station, and for five days, they were interrogated.
Watch the Lifetime Original Special documentary "Beyond the Headlines: The Amanda Knox Story" on myLifetime.com.
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