Amanda Knox says she is also a victim
'Nothing will take away my wrongful imprisonment'30 January, 19:26
"Nothing will ever take away the experience of being wrongfully imprisoned," said Knox, who was an exchange student at the time of the murder in the city of Perugia.
A housemate of the murder victim, she was held behind bars in Italy for a total of four years, including pre-trial detention.
"I would be putting myself in the hands of people who very clearly want me in prison for something that I didn't do. And I can't do that. I just can't," Knox went on.
In his closing arguments last week, one lawyer described Knox as "deceitful and diabolical" and an "explosive mine of sex, drugs and alcohol," telling jurors they had no choice but to convict her, The New York Times wrote.
"I'm not that person, I am very clearly not that person that's being described," Knox said.
"People who accuse me argue that justice cannot be done for Meredith unless I am convicted". Kercher, who was 21 at the time of her murder, was raped and her throat was cut. She bled to death on her bedroom floor, where Knox and her then-Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, found her the next day.
An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, whose DNA was found inside and all over the victim's body and clothes, was sentenced to 16 years in a fast-track trial. But Italian prosecutors at the original trial insisted that Knox and Sollecito also participated in the killing after an alleged drug-fueled sex game went awry.
The prosecutor in this trial suggested instead that Knox killed Kercher fighting with her over the cleanliness of the apartment.