Amanda Knox was acquitted today of a murder that riveted three countries for the past four years and just hours later was whisked away from an Italian prison, ending her four-year ordeal.
The Seattle woman’s legs buckled and she let out a silent cry when the judge in Perugia, Italy, announced that the appeals court had thrown out her conviction for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher and vacated her 26-year prison sentence.
Knox, 24, was hustled out of the courtroom, barely able to walk, stumbling while being hauled along by court
officers. The former exchange student was crying and doubled over, her head occasionally coming up for big breaths of air.
Hours later, a pair of black vehicles slid out of the gates of Capanne Prison outside of Perugia, with Knox in the back seat. She is expected to return to home to Seattle immediately.
Both Knox, 24, and Sollecito, 27, confessed to the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. They were sentenced to serve sentences of 26 years and 25 years respectively.
Rudy Guede, a black man who was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the rape and murder of Meredith Kercher, has exhausted his appeals.
Do you feel the media has once again influenced a court to free a murderer who should spend the rest of her life in prison?