What's next for Amanda Knox?


by KING 5 News


Posted on October 3, 2011 at 5:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 4 at 11:07 AM

Here's the latest on Amanda Knox:

* Knox left the prison in Italy shortly after 2 p.m. Seattle time on Monday. She was seen leaving in a black Mercedes sedan.

* Knox and her family left Rome early Tuesday on a flight to London. They are expected to arrive in Seattle around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.

* Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted of all charges related to the Nov. 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher.

* Knox's conviction for slandering former employer Diya "Patrick" Lumumba was upheld. The penalty was for time served.

* The prosecutor in the case previously said he plans to appeal Monday's ruling to Italy's highest court.

* Deanna Knox, Amanda's sister, read a statement in Perugia on Monday asking the media and the public to respect the family's privacy in the days to come.

* The family of Meredith Kercher, the British student whose murder led to Knox's arrest, issued a statement after the jury verdict was announced: "We respect the decision of the judges but we do not understand how the decision of the first trial could be so radically overturned. We still trust the Italian justice system and hope that the truth will eventually emerge."

Case timeline

Key dates in case of American student Amanda Knox, convicted in slaying of British roommate Meredith Kercher.

-- Nov. 2, 2007: Body of Kercher, 21, is found in Perugia apartment. Investigators say she was killed the night before.

-- Nov. 6, 2007: Knox is arrested with then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, and Diya "Patrick" Lumumba, Congolese owner of pub where Knox occasionally worked.

-- Nov. 20, 2007: Lumumba, implicated by Knox statements to police, is released from jail for lack of evidence.

-- Dec. 6, 2007: Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede is extradited from Germany, where he was arrested, and jailed upon arrival in Italy.

-- Dec. 14, 2007: Kercher is laid to rest after London funeral.

-- Oct. 28, 2008: Judge indicts Knox and Sollecito on murder and sexual assault charges. Guede, who was granted a fast-track trial, is convicted of murder and sexual assault and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

-- Jan. 16, 2009: Trial of Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.

-- June 12, 2009: Knox takes stand; tells court she was shocked by Kercher's death, offers alibi, says police beat her into making false statement.

-- Dec. 4, 2009: Court finds Knox guilty of murder and sexual assault; sentences her to 26 years in prison. Sollecito is convicted of same charges and sentenced to 25 years.

-- Dec. 22, 2009: Appeals court upholds Guede conviction and cuts sentence to 16 years.

-- Nov. 8, 2010: Judge orders Knox to stand trial on slander charges for claiming police beating.

-- Nov. 24, 2010: Appeals trial for Knox and Sollecito opens in Perugia.

-- Dec. 16, 2010: Italy's highest criminal court upholds Guede's conviction and 16-year prison sentence.

-- June 29, 2011: Independent forensic report ordered by the appeals court finds much of the DNA evidence used to convict Knox and Sollecito is unreliable.

-- Oct. 3, 2011: Italy appeals court clears Knox, Sollecito of murder conviction, orders her freed immediately

-- Oct. 4, 2011: Amanda Knox leaves Italy a free woman.

Timeline by the Associated Press.