Update: Sept. 29, 1:56 PM PT
Amanda Knox's father said the summations couldn't have gone any better on Thursday in his daugher's appeals case. He told the Today Show that Amanda said when she gets out the first thing she wants to do is roll in the grass. She hasn't walked on grass for four years.
Sept. 29, 7:00 AM PT:
Crucified, raped and sensational are just a few of the words used by Amanda Knox's defense to describe what the media has done to her since being accused in the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher in 2007.
Thursday, Carlo Dalla Vedova spoke to the court in Perugia where the American and British student studied and shared a residence. He said, Knox "has been crucified, humiliated in the public square ... She has been overwhelmed and raped" by scurrilous news reports.
Urging jurors to overturn her murder conviction, Vedova claimed there had been "fantastical reconstructions" portraying Knox in a negative light and the DNA evidence processed by forensic scientists was putting doubt on the whole case, and certainly gave them "some comfort."
"If there's no proof, you have to absolve," he told jurors, as a gaunt and pale Knox looked on.
Then the media practically brought another court drama to the stage due the sex life and character slams of Knox, according to Vedova.
Thursday is a big day for the 24 year old, Ms. Knox, as she will be making her own statement in court, pleading for her life as prosecutors want to increase her sentence from over 20 years to life. Her father, Curt Knox, says she hasn't been eating or sleeping well.
In reference to accusations Knox made to interogators about her boss, Knox's stepfather Chris Mellas said that her accusers were painting her in a false light, telling "crazy lies" and that Knox was "under a lot of pressure."
"We really hope that she'll be freed. It's a matter of days," he said.
Knox was originally sentenced to 26 years in prison--her appeal began in November 2010.
The prosecution will use their opportunity to respond to the defense's arguments and the verdict could be read by Saturday, lawyers said.
Source: The Telegraph