Amanda Knox is a free woman! The 24-year-old former Seattle college student who has spent the last four years in an Italian prison has finally been exonerated.
Knox was accused of the 2007 murder of her then roommate, Meredith Kercher. Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were both convicted of this crime 4 years ago and both cases were overturned yesterday at an Italian appeals court.
Knox was spotted catching a British Airways flight with her family at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci Airport this morning. They are racing to get out of Italy, her purgatory for the last four years. They will fly to London and then back to Knox’s hometown of Seattle.
Before leaving the country she wrote a letter to the Italy-US Foundation, who has supported Knox. She thanked those “who shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope. Those who wrote, those who defended me, those who were close, those who prayed for me. I love you, Amanda.”
The Knox family made their getaway from Italy with a former FBI agent and Amanda’s bext friend, Madison Paxton who moved to Perugia, Italy to be closer to Amanda and visit her in prison.
Hopefully this is freedom for good for the 24-year-old. The prosecution wants to appeal yesterday’s decision, though reports are saying it’s unlikely that Amanda would be sent back to Italy.
“We’re thankful that Amanda’s nightmare is over,” Knox’s sister, Deanna, stated, “She suffered for four years for a crime she did not commit.”
Another of Amanda’s friends Giulia Alagna told “The Early Show,” “She just couldn’t wait to get on the plane. She told me that, even though she wasn’t yet on the plane, she felt like she was already flying.”
“She was just very, very happy to get on that flight,” said Alagna.
Many lawyers and public figures have weighed in on this case and California defense attorney, David Wohl thinks Knox can make a lot of money from her ordeal, “Her story will fetch top dollar. The first interview will likely go for anywhere from $1 to $5 million. I expect that book and movie rights will add substantially to that – tens of millions of dollars.”
While many are comparing Amanda Knox to Casey Anthony, Wohl says it’s hardly the same thing. “Unlike Casey Anthony, who has essentially become public enemy number one since her acquittal, Amanda Knox has garnered tremendous public sympathy…While the murder of Meredith Kercher was tragic, the general consensus is that Knox had little if anything to do with it,” says Wohl.