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Amanda Knox Acquitted of Meredith Kercher Murder

3 Oct

Update 4: Apparently, Knox’s passport is OK and she will depart for Seattle on Tuesday morning. She has been released from prison and will spend the night with family in the Rome area. Must be a really strange time for her.

Update 3: The Telegraph reports that Knox’s American passport expired while she was in prison. Will she still be allowed to fly home immediately?

Update 2: Check out some of the local reactions from Seattle here.

Update: Unlike the 2009 trial, no airplane ticket home was pre-purchased for Knox. Rumors the family had scheduled a private jet to be available to take her away are also apparently untrue. It’s unclear how the family plans to leave the country, but the State Department will likely help.

A group of six jurors and two judges acquitted American college student Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Knox will go back to the prison, undergo processing but will then be released immediately. Her parents plan to put her in a car and head to an airport. Her lawyer said the family plans to get her out of the country “as soon as possible.”

“We’re thankful Amanda’s nightmare is over,” Deanna Knox, Amanda’s sister, said. “We’re thankful for the support we have received from all over the world.”

The panel deliberated for more than 11 hours before returning their verdict at 9:45 p.m. tonight in the small Italian city of Perugia. Media from around the world gathered for the verdict, with reports of more than 400 organizations gathered outside the courtroom.

Both Knox and Sollecito had their convictions of slander upheld, but they were given credit for time served.

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