Amanda Knox’s Trial Now in Italian Jury’s Hands

December 4, 2009

(ChattahBox) — An Italian jury began what is expected to be long deliberations today in the yearlong trial of American student Amanda Knox, who is charged with murdering her British roommate in November 2007.  Prosecutors demanded life sentences for both Knox, and former lover Raffaele Sollecito, alleging they took part in the murder and sexual assault of British student Meredith Kercher.
Knox, 22, and Sollecito, 25, along with  Rudy Guede, an immigrant from the Ivory Coast who has already been convicted in a separate trial, are accused of stabbing Miss Kercher, 21, to death after what started as an extreme sex game.  Prosecutors claim Kercher was tortured and eventually killed because the game went too far and she knew her attackers. Her semi-naked body, was found in a pool of blood with her throat slit in her room in Perugia, Italy.  As the prosecution and defense wound up their closing arguments Thursday, the 22-year-old Seattle native made her final plea to the jury.

Speaking in Italian, Knox said she’s disappointed, sad and frustrated over her two years in jail.

“I am afraid of being defined as a person who I am not, and by acts that do not belong to me. I am afraid a killer’s mask is being forced onto my skin,” she said.

The eight members of the jury, including two judges, are now sequestered and a verdict can come any time, but are expected  to take 12 to 18 hours, according to court officials.

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