ITALY’S top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge.
The Court of Cassation threw out the second guilty verdict to have been passed on Knox, 27, and her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the lethal stabbing.
It had been widely expected that, even if the court overturned the previous convictions, it would order a retrial.
A Seattle-based representative for Knox said he was “overjoyed” after her acquittal, adding that “the truth has won out.”
“I personally feel overjoyed that the truth has won out, that she is innocent,” said David Marriott, a spokesman for Knox who referred additional questions to her U.S. lawyer, calling the verdict “unexpected.”