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Italian appeals court frees Amanda Knox


Amanda Knox, right, enters the courtroom in Perugia, Italy to hear the jury's verdict. Knox had appealed to have her conviction of murdering her British roomate, Meredith Kercher, overturned on Monday Oct. 3, 2011.

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Stephanie Kercher, right, and Aline Kercher, the sister and mother of slain British student Meredith, speak to reporters in Perugia, Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011.

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Margaret Ralph, a supporter of Amanda Knox, looks up at a broadcast about Knox's appeal in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. With Italy nine hours ahead of Seattle, about a dozen friends and supporters of Knox began gathering Sunday night at a downtown hotel to watch a live feed of the courtroom and await the verdict. On the mantle are photos of Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito.

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Media representatives sit on the steps of a church during a pause in the appeals trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, next to the Perugia court, central Italy. Knox, an American student, was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, her British roommate in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison. Knox's boyfriend at the time of the 2007 murder, Raffaele Sollecito of Italy, was convicted of the same charges and sentenced to 25 years. Both deny wrongdoing and have appealed the December 2009 verdict.

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Judge Claudio Pratillo Hellmann reads the verdict that overturns Amanda Knox's conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate at the Perugia court.

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Amanda Knox breaks in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

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Italian lawyer Maria Del Grosso, right, hugs Amanda Knox after hearing the jury's verdict. The Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate. Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict was read out. Her co-defendant, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, also was cleared of killing 21-year-old Meredith Kercher in 2007. At left is Amanda's other lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova.

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Amanda Knox's sister Deanna, right, hugs her mother Edda after hearing the verdict.

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Supporters of Amanda Knox celebrate as they watch a television news broadcast about her appeal verdict as they sit in a hotel suite in downtown Seattle.

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Raffaele Sollecito smiles after hearing the verdict that overturns his conviction and acquits him of murder.

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Amanda Knox, left, leaves the Perugia court in a car after finding out she was freed from prison.

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