The never-ending tale of 24-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student convicted of murder, has finally come to a close. After 4 years in an Italian prison, an Italian court has acquitted Knox's conviction.
Knox was accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher while studying abroad in Italy in 2007. Both Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were set free Monday.
The New York Times reported the decision was read aloud at about 10 p.m. to an emotional court room awaiting the verdict after 4 years since Knox's arrest.
Their release came at the end of an appeal that lasted just over 4 months and had the feeling of more of a retrial than an appeal. Knox was cleared of all charges except one charge of defamation.
Prosecutors had depicted Knox as a "she-devil" capable of murder regardless of her sweet demeanor in the court room. But thier case was mainly based on cicumstantial evidence.
According to the New York Times, the forensic evidence used to convict Knox was thrown into doubt this summer due to a report from independant experts who were highly critical of the police's analysis of the materials. The validity of the forensic evidence was in question as only microscopic amounts of Knox's DNA were on the murder weapon as well as a bra clasp.
According to CNN, Knox will soon be back in the comfort of her own home as she will return to America, more specifically Seattle, and return to her life.