LATEST UPDATE (2:10 p.m. ET): Amanda Knox headed from prison to the courthouse. The verdict is expected at 9:30 p.m. local time, or 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Today Amanda Knox will learn her fate. Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in December 5, 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Knox’s roommate Meredith Kercher two years earlier, on November 1, 2007.
Knox and Sollecito have been in jail since their arrest on November 6, 2007 – just short of 4 years. They have always professed their innocence and appealed their convictions. The appeal trial began on November 24, 2010 and has consisted of 20 hearings (including the last one on Monday October 3) in just over 10 months. This morning, the court will announce it’s decision.
2:18 p.m. ET – ABC Producer @Rich_McHugh: Must be a thousand people here at court house awaiting #AmandaKnox verdict… Kind of electric here
2:16 p.m. ET – @JoshElliottABC: Just spoke w/ Curt Knox, #AmandaKnox’s father, at his Perugian hotel–understandably tense, but very hopeful. A verdict is 75 mins away.
2:10 p.m. ET – @JoshElliottABC: #AmandaKnox has left the prison, en route for Perugia’s courthouse.
2:07 p.m. ET — @EVargasABC confirms: “Verdict to come at 9:30 p.m. here in Perugia.” (3:30pm ET). #AmandaKnox
2:06 p.m. ET — ABC Producer @NikkiBattists says huge crowd outside of courthouse, hundreds, maybe thousands of people.
2:03 p.m. ET – Italian news agency ANSA reporting that the verdict will be at 3:30 p.m. ET
1:21 p.m. ET – Italian MP Rocco Girlanda adds that: “She [Amanda] was very satisfied, I also saw her many times in the last few days and she was extremely tense about this speech and then at a certain point she said (puts his hands in his hair imitating her) Oh my God, I should have said many other things, but I forgot but she is satisfied.” (via APTN)
1:19 p.m. ET – Italian MP Rocco Girlanda says he has just visited Knox in Capanne Prison, tells the press that: “Amanda is relaxing while she is waiting for the sentence. There are obviously the most difficult hours, no? The time never seems to pass. She is relaxing in the chapel she is playing (the guitar) and singing.” (via APTN)
12:36 p.m. ET – Our producer @Rich_McHugh on the ground in Perugia notes that Italian wire service Ansa is saying #AmandaKnox is currently sitting with a priest in the prison, awaiting her fate
11:50 a.m. ET – From our producer @Rich_McHugh: Latest #AmandaKnox buzz around Perugia: if acquitted, she will head to Rome and a waiting plane.
10:47 a.m. ET – @EVargas – #MeredithKercher family press conference has ended.
10:44 a.m. ET – @EVargas – question asked at Kercher press conference: “What would you do if Knox fam reaches out to you?” “I don’t know. We need to find out what happened to Meredith and to get justice for her”
10:42 a.m. ET - @EVargasABC: “Meredith’s mother saying that Meredith and Amanda were not that close…”I think they were friendly but I wouldn’t say they were that close.”
10:28 a.m. ET – “What everyone needs to remember is the brutality of what happened that night, what she must have felt, the terror,” said Stephanie Kercher, sister of Meredith Kercher, at press conference, Elizabeth Vargas reports. “Only those people there that night will know what actually happened.”
5:21 a.m. ET – Full video of Amanda Knox’s statement to court:
5:04 a.m. ET – “We believe there were an awful lot of mistakes made,” says Giulia Bongiorno, attorney for Raffaele Sollecito in press conference outside courtroom.
4:55 a.m. ET – Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are currently being transported back to prison.
4:46 a.m. ET – Court adjourns as deliberations begin, Judge says not to expect a verdict before 8 p.m. local time, or 2 p.m. Eastern Time
4:43 a.m. ET – Knox, wrapping up final plea: “We deserve freedom”
4:40 a.m. ET – Knox: “Meredith has been murdered, and I always wanted justice for her… I insist on the truth… I want to go back home… I am innocent, Raffaele is innocent”
4:38 a.m. ET – Knox: “The person who shared my life, who had the bed next to mine, had been killed in our home. And if I had been there that night, I would have been dead, been killed, just like her. The only difference is I was with Raffaele…”
4:37 a.m. ET – Knox: “I didn’t kill, I didn’t rape, I didn’t steal. I was not there.”
4:36 a.m. ET – Konx: ”I had never faced so much fear and tragedy and suffering. I didn’t know how to face that. I didn’t know how to live that deeply. How I felt when we found out Meredith had been killed. I couldn’t believe it – how that was possible… I am not what they say I am”
4:35 a.m. ET – Amanda Knox giving final plea before Italian court now, watch live in English. ”I’m paying with my life for something I haven’t done.”
4:30 a.m. ET – As part of his final plea, Sollecito points to a bracelet that says “free Amanda and Raffaele” says he has not taken it off until now. The bracelet resembles a Livestrong bracelet but is white, reports ABC producer Nikki Battiste. He spoke for 20 minutes. Video of Sollecito’s remarks:
4:25 a.m. ET - Raffaele turns to Knox family. Amanda’s mother and sister Deanna starts crying, reports ABC producer Nikki Battiste.
4:19 a.m. ET - Raffaele Sollecito is speaking softly in court while some members of Knox family beginning to cry, reports ABC producer Nikki Battiste.
4:16 a.m. ET - Raffaele Sollecito says in final plea it’s imposible to convey what he has been feeling this year, says he has never hurt anybody in his life.
4:14 a.m. ET - Raffaele Sollecito stands to make his final plea to court, apologizes for being nervous.
4:13 a.m. ET – Knox defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga finishing up final rebuttal.
3:55 a.m. ET – Knox’s defense lawyer Luciano Ghirga has begun giving a rebuttal. Has 30 mins technically to speak. He is the last rebuttal, followed by statements, including Knox’s own.
3:45 a.m. ET – The judge and jurors have entered the courtroom. Knox is sitting very upright, looking at judge, our producer Nikki Battiste reports from inside courtroom.
3:39 a.m. ET – Amanda Knox has entered the courtroom in Perugia, Italy. From ABC News Producer in the coutroom, Nikki Battiste: “Looks very tense and serious. Green short with black coat. Sat down took off coat. Talking to laweyr Carlo Dalla Vedova. Didn’t look at family. Hundreds of flashes.”