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Amanda Knox will make a statement to an Italian jury Monday in her murder appeals trial. She's hoping to get her 26-year prison sentence overturned.'

Amanda's father, Curt Knox, talked with NBC's Today Show about her statement.

It's going to be very tough. Amanda is going to be making spontaneous statements and it's going to be very tough to hear her really struggle for her life. She's going to be pleading for her life - that's going to be very difficult to listen to, he said.

Amanda was able to call her grandmother in Seattle for about 10 minutes on Saturday. She also attended mass in prison. The prison chaplain described her as calm and collected.

Amanda and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were both convicted of murdering her British roommate, Meredith Kercher.

Rudy Guede, an Ivorian who lived in Perugia from age 5, is serving a 16-year sentence for his role in the murder.

At this point Curt Knox isn't sure how the court will rule.

Amanda and Raffaele have the same alibi, they were together the night Meredith was murdered... they're their own alibi, so it's probably going to go acquittal or guilty, he said.

A verdict in the appeals trial is expected Monday. Whatever the outcome, both sides can still appeal the verdict to the Italian supreme court.

Stay with KING 5 for continuing coverage of the Amanda Knox appeals trial. Linda Byron is in Perugia covering the trial. She'll bring you live analysis and reaction. A verdict is expected Monday - watch KING 5 Morning News starting at 4:30 a.m. KING5.com will also livestream the court proceedings.

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