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Verdict expected as early as Thursday in Amanda Knox trial

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A verdict may be out as soon as 3 p.m. ET Thursday in the Amanda Knox case. ABC reports that deliberations between two judges and six jurors in Italy began earlier today. They are expected to announce a verdict for both Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito. Should either one of them be found guilty, the court will also announce a prison sentence at the same time as the verdict.

As reported earlier, the prosecutor asked for a sentence of 26 years for murder to be given to both parties, plus an extra four years given to Knox for a libel conviction.

Amanda Knox has faced three previous verdicts for the 2007 death of her roommate Meredith Kercher. Both Knox and Sollecito already served a sentence of four years in an Italian jail. Shortly after serving that sentence, an appeals court threw it out, but the Italian Supreme court ordered another court to retry the case.

Throughout this trial, Knox has remained in Washington for fear of a wrongful conviction. Sollecito has made court appearances and is in court today.

If convicted, one of Knox’s lawyers said she could appeal one more time. If she loses in that case, she could be extradited to Italy. Sollecito is also able to appeal in the event of a guilty verdict.

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