A retrial implicating Amanda Knox once again in the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy has been scheduled for Sep. 30, and on Friday Knox sat down with Today's Matt Lauer to discuss her decision to stay in America and not appear in court.
Knox, now 26, and then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were both acquitted in 2011, but the Italian supreme court ordered a retrial in March, citing un-examined evidence and a theory about Kercher's death that needed to be re-explored. Knox is not required by law to attend and the proceedings will be handled by her legal team. Though she acknowledged that "everything is at stake" in the retrial, Knox ultimately decided to stay in her hometown of Seattle, fearing being held in prison throughout the trial if she appeared in Florence.
"I was already imprisoned as innocent person in Italy, and I can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience," Knox told Lauer. "I just can't relive that."
Despite the decision to not return to Italy, other reasons for which being the financial burden and school, Knox told Lauer that her confidence is at a nine out of 10 in terms of the likelihood of winning her case.
Part of that confidence comes from Knox maintaining that there is no trace of her in the room where Kercher was found stabbed to death. She also sees declining to appear in court as an admission of innocence, rather than guilt, and is confident that the court will come to the same conclusion it did in 2011.
When asked about her relationship with Kercher's family, Knox said she hopes that with time they will give her innocence a chance.
"I don't want to be forever separated from them because at this point Meredith is a part of my life," Knox said. "I only knew her for a very short amount of time, but she'll always be there and I want to be able to share that with them."