Amanda Knox fought back tears this morning as she gave her first live interview since her shock guilty verdict on Thursday.
The 26-year-old, who was found guilty for the second time for the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, revealed her surprise at the court’s decision, which she watched on an Italian television station from her Seattle home alongside her family.
‘I couldn’t believe what I was hearing,’ she told Good Morning America. ‘This really has hit me like a train. I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system.
‘They found me innocent before, how can they find me guilty beyond a reasonable doubt?’
Thursday’s guilty verdict – which called for Knox to serve 28 years in prison and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, to serve 25 years in jail – is just the latest twist in the murder case of British exchange student, Meredith Kercher, at the flat the women shared in Perugia in 2007.
Knox and Sollecito spent four years in an Italian prison after their first conviction, but they were freed when an appeals court threw out the conviction in 2011.
But Italy’s supreme court ordered the case be retried, leading to the second conviction on Thursday.
‘I’m going through waves of emotion,’ Knox said as she struggled to contain her tears. ‘My first reaction was, “No, this is wrong. I’m going to do everything I can to prove that it is”.
‘I felt very determined. but it was only on my way here that I really got my first cry.’
She said her first thought had been for her ex-boyfriend, who was in Italy at the time of the verdict.
Sollecito was stopped by police near the Italian border early on Friday. They took him to a police station, confiscated his passport and put a stamp in his Italian identity papers showing he cannot leave the country.
‘My initial thought after the verdict was, “oh my God Raffaele”,’ she said.
‘I feel very supported and respected and believed here and I know that he feels very supported and respected by people in Italy, but he is vulnerable.
‘I don’t know what I would do if they imprisoned him. It’s maddening.’
She said she had also given a great deal of thought to Kercher’s family, and had even written them a letter, which is already in the mail.
‘I just want them to know that I really understand that this is incredibly difficult,’ she told Robin Roberts. ‘When the case has been messed up so much, a verdict is no longer consolation for them.
‘The thing that people want when they’ve been victims is just simple acknowledgement – and they deserve respct and that’s been lost. I wish them the best.’
There are now questions over whether or not Knox can be extradited back to Italy to face her prison sentence. She said the decision is up to the U.S. Supreme Court.
‘I’m not prepared,’ she said of having to return. ‘I will never willingly go back.
‘I‘m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right and it’s not fair and I’m going to do everything i can. But I need a lot of help, I can’t do this on my own.’