Amanda Knox, found guilty once again of the 2007 murder of British university exchange student Meredith Kercher, told Good Morning America on Friday she will fight the reinstated guilty verdict, vowing to “never go willingly” back to Italy to face her sentence of 28 years in prison.
“I'm going to fight this to the very end,” Knox said in an interview with Robin Roberts on ABC's Good Morning America.
Knox said she has reached out to the family of Kercher, telling Roberts that she wrote them a letter sympathizing with how “incredibly difficult” this ordeal must be for them.
“I want them to know I understand this is incredibly difficult,” Knox said. “They also have been on this never-ending thing. When the case has been messed up so much, a verdict is no longer a consolation for them.”
The 21-year-old Kercher was found dead on Nov. 1, 2007. She had been sexually assaulted, stabbed and suffocated. A break-in was staged, investigators found, and Knox, Kercher’s flatmate, was immediately implicated.
"And just the very fact that they don't know what happened is horrible," Knox continued."They deserve respect and the consolation of some kind of acknowledgement. I really wish them the best."
Knox, who lives in Seattle, said she is not prepared for the possibility she could be extradited back to Italy to serve her 28-year prison sentence. Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence before the murder conviction was overturned in October 2011. Her retrial began in September of last year, with Knox refusing to attend.
“This really, it hit me like a train,” the 27-year-old said. “I didn't expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian system. They found me innocent before; how could they say beyond a reasonable doubt?”
Knox’s attorney, Ted Simon, told CNN that Knox has been resilient throughout the entire process.
“It was terrible news,” Simon said of the latest conviction. “She understands more than anyone that a wrongful conviction is unjust, not just for the accused but for the victim, their family, as well as society, and she feels this very personally.”
Simon said it was “incomprehensible” that the Italian court had found her guilty, adding that they are going to appeal the “unjust” ruling.
“While she accepted that very difficult news, she has rebounded. She has shown great resilience and fortitude. And with a great deal of family support, they're going to go forward and appeal what we would characterize as a completely unjust conviction,” Simon said.