Amanda Knox Update

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

UNDATED (AP) -- Amanda Knox is prepared to make a final plea to an Italian appeal court, as her defense team attempts to overturn her murder conviction, her father, Curt Knox, told reporters on Wednesday (September 28) after visiting
her in prison.

Knox's family were allowed a final visit before her defense lawyers make their final arguments to the court in Perugia which will decide her fate.

The Seattle student is serving a 26-year jail term, after being found guilty, along with her Italian ex-boyfriend, of murdering her British roommate
Meredith Kercher in 2007 during sex games that turned violent.

A verdict in her appeals trial is days away.

Curt Knox visited Amanda first with his second wife and daughters Deanna, Ashley and Delaney. He told reporters he hoped never to return.

"Hopefully, that was the last time we'll ever have to visit her there," he said.

He said she was ready to make a final address to the court.

"Yes she has and we'll find out and we'll all find out what that is when she does it," he said.

Knox's hopes of walking out of an Italian prison after nearly four years have been boosted by a forensics review that discredited key DNA evidence used to
convict her, and Knox's family says they are optimistic she can come home soon.

Her mother Edda Mellas said she and Amanda had discussed what she would do if she was freed.

"We talked about that possibility and what she wants to do, and it's always the same. She just wants to go home," she said.

Knox, whose fresh-faced good looks have helped drive interest in the case, has appeared gaunt and pale during closing arguments by prosecutors, who have portrayed her as a cunning, sex-obsessed girl, with a penchant for dangerous games.

She was described by prosecutors as diabolical, a witch and a she-devil earlier in her appeals trial. But on Tuesday (September 27) Sollecito's
defense lawyers said she was instead a young woman in love who was wrongly convicted, and compared her to the misunderstood Jessica Rabbit, a voluptuous, sultry but faithful character from the 1988 movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".

"Well yesterday was not as hard. They weren't attacking her personally, and, you know, the lawyers are doing a great job. So it was obviously much easier,
those kind of days," said Mellas.

Kercher's half-naked body with a slit throat and more than 40 wounds was found in November 2007 in the apartment she shared with Knox in the hilltop Umbrian town popular with foreigners studying Italian.

Knox, now 24, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for the murder while Raffaele Sollecito got a 25-year sentence. Rudy Guede, an Ivorian drifter with
a criminal record, is also serving time for taking part in Kercher's murder.

All three found guilty have maintained their innocence.

Raffaele Sollecito is also appealing his conviction.


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