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Amanda Knox e-mails statement to Italian court

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Amanda Knox decided it was probably safer to e-mail her testimony to an Italian court rather than take the risk of walking into the courtroom and taking the witness stand in her third jury trial regarding the murder of her former British roommate Meredith Kercher. The presiding judge wasn't overly excited about this unorthodox form of testimony. He said it wouldn't have the same standing as live testimony in court and that he had no way of knowing if it really came from Knox.

In a dramatic scene one of her defense attorneys presented the e-mail before the court recessed until January 9. The court will then hear closing arguments. But the seat reserved for Knox will remain empty while her codefendant Rafael Sollecito, an Italian citizen, is expected to show up as he has in the past.

Prosecutors are seeking 26-year sentences for both Knox and her former boyfriend Sollecito who were released from an Italian prison after an appellate court threw out their convictions for murder. Ivory Coast native Rudy Guede is currently serving a 16-year sentence for his role in the death of Kercher.

Knox spent four years in prison in the boot of Europe until her conviction was reversed and she returned home to the United States where she attended classes at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also wrote a book her unpleasant experiences rotting away in the Italian prison.

Her e-mail was five pages long and included the phrase, "I didn't kill. I didn't rape. I didn't instigate. I didn't kill Meredith."

However, Italian law enforcement officials were puzzled by her bizarre behavior at the police station following the murder. She reportedly did somersaults and engaged in other strange behavior.

Meredith Kercher, 21, was raped, stabbed repeatedly in the face and slashed across her throat before being left dead on the bed of the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia, Italy in November of 2007.

Presiding Judge Alesandro Necini read the e-mail aloud to those present in court.

The bloody murder attracted worldwide attention at the time of Kercher's death.

The verdict which stated Guede was guilty specifically mentioned he did not act alone.

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