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Amanda Knox Pleads: 'I Didn't Rape, I Didn't Kill. I'm Innocent'

Mon, October 3, 2011 8:20am EDT by Chloe Melas 1 Comment

Will Amanda Knox finally get her wish and go free? Or will the 24-year-old spend her life behind bars — the jury should reveal her fate today.

Amanda Knox has spent the past four years behind bars for a murder she says she did not commit. The Seattle native nervously took the stand in Perugia, Italy Oct. 2 and gave her 10 minute testimony in fluent Italian. Amanda’s testimony started off rocky as she couldn’t keep from crying on the stand, but she regained her composure and pleaded with the jury: “I’m innocent.”

Amanda, who paused repeatedly and fought back tears, told the courtroom that she was not responsible for the brutal murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2009.

“I am paying for my life for something I haven’t done. I lost a friend in the worst and most inexplicable way,” Amanda said. “I’m not the person they’ve portrayed me to be. They say I will escape. I won’t escape. I just want to go home. I’m innocent and we didn’t do it.”

Amanda continued: “I was terrified when Meredith’s body was discovered because I thought that it could have been me. Had I been there and not been with Raffaele I could have been killed, too. Meredith was my friend. I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there at the crime.”

Amanda and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been in La Cappane prison for more than 1,400 days and are facing possible life sentences. The case has been heard by two judges and six jurors who will ultimately decide the fate of these once lovers.

Amanda, who was originally found guilty of the murder in December of 2009, is attempting to overturn the ruling by pointing out that the DNA evidence is lacking and the Italian police did not protect the crime scene.

No matter what the outcome, the judge made it quite clear: “This is not a football match. I don’t want to hear cheering or comments. I want silence and respect for the victim.”

— Chloe Melas