On Friday, during an NBC exclusive interview, Amanda Knox confessed not to return to Italy for the appeals trial over the 2007 murder of her roommate.
Speaking with Matt Lauer host on The Today Show, Amanda reiterates that knowing she was innocent of the murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher and having to spend years in prison during the trial, returning to Italy would haunt her too greatly.
Along with the financial obligation in returning to Italy (her parents spent their entire savings during the murder trial proceedings,) Amanda is also concerned that her presence in court would become a distraction to the entire judicial system.
However, distraction or not at the time of Kercher’s death, Amanda appeared to the public to be pretty distracted herself.
When taken down to the police precinct, Amanda sat in Sollecito’s lap making funny, little girl faces out the window. Or the smooch fest the media televised as the two lovebirds of only one week kissed repeatedly. These actions did not seem appropriate to a girl whose friend had just been brutally murdered. Nor did the cartwheels she performed favor well with police during Amanda’s interrogation about the death of her roommate. Shortly after questioning, Knox was arrested even though she confessed her innocence in the crime.
The November 2007 killing took place in the apartment both girls resided. That November day, police found Kercher in the bedroom semi-naked, dead and bloody with over 40 wounds anointing her body along with a deep gash to her throat. Although Amanda had come back from Sollecito’s house early that morning to take a shower and redress, she did not notice the gruesome scene. The only thing she noticed out-of-place was that the front door to the apartment was ajar and that there was small amount of blood in the sink.
Following the gruesome discovery five days after the murder, Police arrested Amanda Knox, her boyfriend of one week Raffaele Sollecito along with Rudy Guede. Sollecito and Knox were tried together and eventually were set free as the Italian Court overturned their case in 2011 for lack of evidence.
In a separate trial, Guede, who was born in the Ivory-Coast and considered a vagabond, was not as lucky. Samples of DNA taken at the scene along with bloody footprints of Guede’s were found all over the murder scene. The vagabond was convicted of the murdering Kercher and is serving 16-years in prison.
During the murder trial, Knox’s other claim to fame was her nickname Foxy Knoxy. Some felt the insignia evolved because of her public statement that she is proud of her one-night stands with men and drug use. Knox’s stepfather Chris Mellas and mother Edda insist the nickname came by way of their daughter’s footballing skills in soccer.
While travelling around Italy, the 21-year old Seattle girl became whirled up in the bohemian life. A life filled with casual sex and a lot of drugs, or so she boasts. In her little apartment in Italy, marijuana was as common as the pasta Italians cook with.
The night of the murder Knox admitted to smoking a joint with boyfriend Sollecito. But that night, they stayed at his place not the apartment where Kercher was murdered. One witness testified to seeing both in Sollecito’s apartment as late at 8:45 the evening of the crime.
Since Amanda has already spent four years in an Italian prison, she confesses that she will not be returning to Italy for the new trial as her attorney’s will be representing her instead
Some feel that her refusal to return to the country may cause the Italian Court to see this as an admission of guilt. Amanda refutes this in stating that her actions are an admission of innocence.
Recently Amanda Knox’s new book Waiting To Be Heard has been released. The non-fiction novel appears to be written without ghostwriter help and talks about the court proceedings and Knox’s time in prison.
In the book, Amanda Knox confesses to having panic attacks when thinking of having to return back to prison if her innocence is revoked. Her attempts in having a normal life in Seattle weigh heavily against the impending trial haunting her soul.
Written by Lisa Graziano