The judge who acquitted Amanda Knox back in 2011 speaks out in her defense.
In a statement obtained by CNN, retired judge Claudio Hellman said the court that just convicted Knox created a fantasy instead of basing its decision on evidence.
Knox says that gives her hope she could win her final appeal.
In an exclusive interview with CNN, Knox refuted the new motive the court put forth - that she killed her roommate after fighting over rent money. But Knox sounded more desperate and disheartened than in the past.
"I had truly believed the court was going to find me innocent. I did not expect this,” she said.
Knox passionately defended herself saying the court in Florence that convicted her got it wrong-- she did not fight with her roommate over money and she did not strike the mortal blow.
"I did not kill my friend, I did not wield a knife, I had no reason to,” she said.
Knox said the man who did have reason to, is Rudy Guede, a known burglar, whose DNA was all over the murder scene, while none of hers was in the bedroom.
"If I were there I would have had traces of Meredith's broken body on me, I would have left traces of myself around Meredith's corpse,” said Knox.
Guede was convicted, but he also implicated Knox and her Italian boyfriend, and the appeals court believed him even though his story had changed several times.
"It is incredibly disheartening when Rudy Guede was found to be unreliable, when he was found to be certainly Meredith's rapist and killer that they would consider his testimony over mine. There's no explanation for it,” said Knox.
The court laid out its reasoning in a 337-page report released two days ago.
Rudy Guede is still in prison, but his sentence was cut from 30 years to 16 and he's now eligible for work release.