University of Washington student Amanda Knox has filed an appeal with the court of last resort in Italy, the Court of Cassation, asking that her recent murder conviction be overturned and that she be cleared of any guilt of the 2007 murder of her roommate, according to her Seattle public relations representative, Dave Marriott.
Knox’s case has been full of twists and turns. She was arrested in November 2007 a few days after her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, was found dead with her throat slit in the flat the young women shared in the university town of Perugia. In 2009, Knox was convicted of the murder along with her boyfriend at the time, Italian student Raffaele Sollecito.
But in 2011, an appeals court in Perugia threw out the murder convictions, pronounced Knox and Sollecito innocent and released them from prison. Knox flew home to Seattle and resumed her studies at UW.
Prosecutors appealed the acquittal, which is common practice in Italy and won a new trial. In March 2013, the Italian Supreme Court reversed the acquittal and sent the case to a Florence appeals court which reinstated the murder convictions earlier this year. The court also increased Knox’s sentence from 26 years to 28 years.
Knox maintains that she is innocent and plans to vigorously fight her recent conviction from the safety of Seattle, her hometown. She did not attend the recent trial in Florence that led to her second conviction.
Knox is requesting another appeals trial, which could take place later this year, with a final decision expected in 2015, according to Dave Marriott.
Watch KING 5's Nov. 2013 special report, Amanda Knox: Her Life Now.