Amanda Knox acquitted of murder in Perugia: American imprisoned in Italy willfinally return home
It's the stuff of horror films. Amanda Knox, a college student from Seattle studying abroad in Italy, was convicted of the brutal 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in a bizarre case that had prosecutors and the media portraying Knox and her then-boyfriend Rafaele Sollecito as sex-crazed maniacs who raped and murdered Kercher as part of a pagan orgy.
But her four years of detention ended today when an appeals court acquitted Knox and Sollecito of the charges against them. The two appealed their convictions based on new DNA analysis amidst increasing scrutiny over the way evidence and the case in general was handled. As of today, both are free to go. A third defendant, Rudy Guede, was separately convicted and sentenced to 16 years.
Knox spoke in Italian to the two judges and six jurors in her tearful final statement, saying, "I've lost a friend in the worst, most brutal, most inexplicable way possible. I'm paying with my life for things that I didn't do."
Deliberations lasted just 11 hours. Watch a CBS News video of Knox's closing statements below: