Amanda Knox thanks supporters, heads home to Seattle

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — As Amanda Knox heads home to Seattle, she's thanking those who supported her in her fight to overturn her murder conviction in Italy.

The 24-year-old American, whose conviction in the death of fellow student and roommate Meredith Kercher was reversed yesterday, left Italy today for the United States, by way of London.

Before leaving, she released a letter thanking Italians who, in her words, "shared my suffering and helped me survive with hope."

An official of the Italy-US Foundation, which has supported her, says she was "serene" on the car trip from Perugia to Rome for her flight home.

But not everyone is rejoicing over the decision. A brother of the victim says if Knox and her ex-boyfriend, who was also freed, aren't the killers, then "who are the guilty people?"

Another man is now the only one convicted in the stabbing death, but his lawyer says he'll seek a retrial. Prosecutors had maintained that all three had killed Kercher during a drug-fueled sex game.

A prosecutor says he will appeal to Italy's highest criminal court after he receives the reasoning behind the acquittals. He says the trial was carried out "under unacceptable media pressure."

(Copyright 2011, The Associated Press)

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