Amanda Knox Trial: Knox Says She's Prepared to Be 'a Fugitive' if Convicted
The verdict in Amanda Knox's trial for the murder of Meredith Kercher is just weeks away, and Amanda Knox has said that she is prepared to be a fugitive from Italian justice if she is convicted.
According to the Huffington Post, if Knox is found guilty of murdering Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007, she said, "In that case I will be... a fugitive."
Knox, 26, was convicted of fatally stabbing Kercher, who was 21, in 2009. She was convicted of committing the crime with her then-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 29. They were acquitted in 2011 on appeal after spending four years in an Italian jail.
Knox returned home to Seattle, Wash. to finish her studies before going in front of Italy's supreme court, which ordered a new trial in 2013.
A prosecutor is demanding that she serve a 30-year sentence, saying the supreme court "razed" the arguments made by the appeal court.
The new trial in Florence will come to an end on Jan. 30.
With the trail coming to an end, Knox said last week that she wanted to return to Italy to appear in court, but she is afraid of being arrested, even before a conviction.
"I miss Italy a lot," she told Italian newspaper La Republica. "But I am afraid, I was in jail for four years without doing anything wrong and even though I screamed my innocence no one believed me."
Knox e-mailed a letter claiming her innocence to the presiding judge, and it was read it court. But that is as far as she will go, Knox said.
"They accused me of doing a cartwheel at the police station the night of my interrogation and used my laughter as evidence against me," she said. "Even if I had shown up at the police station nude and dancing, that doesn't mean I was an assassin."
Rudy Guede, a drug dealer and Ivory Coast national, was given a sentence of 16 years for his role in Kercher's murder. However, he could qualify for occasional day release this year, according to reports in the Italian press.
If Knox and Sollecito are convicted, their case will be brought back to the supreme court. If the conviction is upheld, Italy could begin extradition procedures to force Knox to return to Italy to serve her prison sentence.
Last week, Sollecito was in court to hear his lawyer argue that the DNA evidence used to convict his client and Knox was unreliable.
Knox said about Sollecito, "He is much more optimistic than me. He believes in justice and is convinced he will be acquitted."