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Italian Appeals Court Postpones Amanda Knox Decision

Italy's highest court has postponed until Friday a decision on whether Amanda Knox's renewed murder conviction will stand.
Posted at 12:44 PM, Mar 25, 2015

An eight-year legal saga almost came to an end Wednesday as Italy's highest court of appeals heard arguments to overturn Amanda Knox's and her former Italian boyfriend's murder convictions.

We say almost because, after convening Wednesday morning, Italy's highest court of appeals decided to postpone the ruling until Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reports the postponement comes because of the length of time it took lawyers and prosecutors to give their statements during the morning hearing.

Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested in 2007 shortly after her roommate Meredith Kercher's body was found with multiple stab wounds, her throat slashed and signs of sexual assault. (Video via CNN)

"Tonight jurors delivered a guilty verdict against Amanda Knox. She's the 22-year-old exchange student from Seattle charged with her roommate's gruesome murder," reported CBS anchor Katie Couric in 2009.

In 2009, the duo were convicted. Knox got 26 years while Sollecito received 25. That would have been the end of the story had they not appealed.

"A late evening verdict in a 15th century courtroom, acquittal on all murder charges and pandemonium on the streets of Perugia," reported an ABC anchor in 2011.

In 2011, the convictions for both were reversed. Knox left Italy for the U.S., and it looked as if the now 27-year-old wouldn't spend a quarter of a century behind bars.

Except Italy's highest court ordered a new trial. That trial came and went last year, and the 2011 decision was overturned, leaving the 2009 guilty verdict. (Video via BBC)

Come Friday, the court will decide whether the 2014 guilty conviction of Knox will stand or if it'll be overturned for a second time. If the conviction sticks, Knox will likely face a legal battle over her extradition to Italy.

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