Amanda Knox, accused of killing of her British roommate in Italy in 2007, told NBC that she will not return to the country for a retrial, maintaining her innocence and saying she does not want to go back to prison:
In March, Italy’s supreme court ordered a new trial for Knox and her former Italian boyfriend. An appeals court in 2011 had acquitted both, overturning convictions by a lower court. Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new legal proceeding.
Knox said Friday that she still had faith in the Italian legal system.
“I believe that people who really care about justice and look at this without prejudice will come to same conclusion,” she said.
Knox told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” that she knew her absence from the trial might appear as an admission of guilt:
Knox said the thought of prosecutors capitalizing on her absence “drives me crazy,” and said she understands the “risk” of not showing up.
“What is being on trial here is not my character. It shouldn’t be. What should be on trial is the facts of the case. If you look at the facts of the case, there’s proof of my innocence,” she said. “There’s no trace of me in the room where my friend was murdered. There’s traces all over the place of the man who actually did this. Rudy Guede was convicted, his DNA was everywhere, and it’s impossible for me to have participated in this crime if there’s no trace of me.”
She maintains her faith that the evidence will prevail.
“There’s always the fear that’s lingering and the experience of having been convicted when I shouldn’t have, but things have changed,” she said. “It’s not just the prosecution’s voice that’s out there, and while it is the legal process in Italy where one can be convicted of a crime if there is no motive to be found and if there’s only circumstantial evidence, you can’t be convicted if there is proof to the contrary.”
When Knox was acquitted in 2011, Kercher’s father called the decision “ludicrous” and told The Guardian that the family was “shocked.” Lauer asked Knox about the possibility that Kercher’s family will always believe she played a role in their daughter’s murder.
“I really hope that that isn’t the case,’’ Knox said. “I really hope that they can come to understand that it’s so hard to be logical about this when you’ve lost someone so close to you and so important to you, but I really hope that with time, with things changing, with an opening, they’ll give my innocence a chance, and I’ll be able to approach them.”
Amanda Knox also described her experience in Italian prison in an essay, which the show published online.
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