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Amanda Knox Prepares Final Statement; Verdict Expected Monday

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    Amanda Knox, the U.S. student convicted of murdering her British flatmate Meredith Kercher in Italy in November 2007, reacts in court during her appeal trial session in Perugia September 26, 2011. Knox is appealing against a 26-year jail term imposed after she was found guilty of murdering Kercher with the help of her Italian boyfriend and another man during a drug-fuelled orgy. Prosecutors have asked the appeals court to extend her sentence to life in jail.
September 29, 2011|10:42 am

A verdict in Amanda Knox’s appeal case should be reached Monday the presiding judge has stated. Knox’s lawyers prepared closing arguments for Thursday, while Amanda anticipating her chance in court, is ready with a statement of her own.

Knox’s sister, Deana, told “Good Morning America” that for the past three months the former University of Washington student has been working on a statement – which she will deliver in Italian.

"She really wants to just show the court who she really is," Deana said on GMA. "She doesn't want them to believe the character that all the prosecutors have played out. She wants them to know who she is."

Amanda Knox was found guilty in 2009 for the murder of Meredith Kercher, her British roommate, who was killed during a drug-influenced sex game that went awry. Knox’s Italian boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, was also jailed for his involvement in Kercher’s death.

Prosecutors, however, alleged that Knox led the sexual assault and held the knife that slit Kercher’s throat.

In 2007, Kercher was discovered half-naked, lying dead in a bloody pool, in the apartment the two women shared.

Prosecutors are looking to increase Knox’s 26-year sentence to a life term.

Her attorneys argued that the DNA evidence against the 24-year-old is highly flawed.

“If you have any doubt about the DNA evidence, you must set her free,” Knox’s lawyers urged the court.

The family of the study abroad student told GMA that they had new reason for hope, following a forensics review that cast a shadow of doubt on the traces of DNA found on a kitchen knife and Kercher’s bra clasp.

"I never imagined seeing my own sister in prison and it's hard for me because Amanda is innocent," Delaney Knox, Amanda's sister, told “The Early Show". "She is not the type of person to do this."

Knox will address the court either Friday or Saturday. She will be the last person to appear in the trial before the six jurors and two judges.

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