Amanda Knox has decided not to return to Italy for the retrial that is scheduled to begin next month. "I mean, I'm afraid to go back there. I don't want to go back into prison," said Amanda Knox already back in May in an interview about the possibility of returning to Italy to stand trial once again for the murder of British room-mate Meredith Kercher. According to an Aug. 25, 2013, CNN report, Amanda Knox has not changed her mind about returning to Italy for next month's retrial; her fear remains.
Amanda Knox already spent four years in prison in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher after Meredith’s half-naked body was found in 2007 with more than 40 wounds and a deep gash in the throat in the apartment she shared with Amanda while studying in Perugia in central Italy.
In 2011, Amanda Knox won an appeal and she and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted. After four long years, Amanda Knox was finally allowed to return home to her family in Seattle.
In March of 2013, Italy’s Supreme Court ordered a retrial for the murder of Meredith Kercher after inconsistencies had been found in the appeal court’s decision.
According to a family spokesperson, Amanda Knox does not want to return to Italy for the retrial. Instead, she chooses to be represented by her lawyers.
So far, there has not been a requirement for Amanda Knox to be at the trial in Italy. "Still, there remains the possibility that Italy could request her extradition from the United States,” said David Marriott, a spokesperson for Amanda Knox’s family.
If Italy requests an extradition of Amanda Knox, it will be up to the United States to protect its citizen or throw her to the wolves.