Amanda Knox’s attorneys, fighting for her release from an Italian prison, gave their final arguments Thursday in her murder appeal case. Knox had been sentenced to 26-years for the murder of Meredith Kercher, her British roommate.
Knox’s attorneys have argued that her 2009 conviction was reached using highly flawed DNA evidence. They also alleged that the verdict was a result of an attack on Knox’s character, which led people to believe she was a sex addicted wild child.
Carlo Dalla Vedova, her lawyer, told an Italian court Thursday that Knox was a “lovely young woman” who was publicly “crucified,” in an attempt to justify putting an innocent young woman behind bars.
“She was crucified, impaled in a public square. Who, if not her, has been run over by a media tsunami?” Vedova said.
He added, "If you have any doubt about the DNA evidence, you must set her free."
Earlier this week, defense attorney Giulia Bongiorno compared the 24-year-old to Jessica Rabbit from the widely popular 1980s film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.”
She told the court that the American student, studying abroad in Perugia, Italy, was a naive and loving young woman who displayed immaturity during the investigation of Kercher’s slaying.
Kercher was found dead, semi-naked, in a pool of blood in the apartment she shared with Knox in 2007.
Four days after the murder, Knox and her then boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested.
They were both convicted in 2009, along with Rudy Hermann Guede, for the murder of Kercher in what was described as a drug-fuelled sex game gone wrong.
Now, that the climatic appeals case is coming to a close, prosecutors have raised the stakes and have urged the court to increase Knox’s 26-year sentence to a life term.
The presiding judge said that a verdict in the case is expected by Monday at the latest.
Knox will be personally addressing the jury in Italian prior to their decision.