Kercher murder case: Amanda Knox proclaims innocence

Amanda Knox: "For all intents and purposes I was a murderer, whether I was or not" - Courtesy ABC

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Amanda Knox - who is facing a retrial over the killing of Briton Meredith Kercher in Italy in 2007 - has gone on US television to protest her innocence.

In an ABC News interview to be aired later on Tuesday, Ms Knox says claims that she is a "she-devil" and "heartless manipulator" are all wrong.

"I'd like to be reconsidered as a person," the 25-year-old student from Seattle says.

Last month, an Italian court overturned her acquittal and ordered a retrial.

Her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, will also face a new trial.

'Surreal'

Meredith Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in the flat she shared with Ms Knox in Perugia in November 2007.

Kercher murder: Timeline

Meredith Kercher
  • 1 November 2007: Kercher is killed at her apartment in Perugia. Police find her a day later.
  • 6 November 2007: Kercher's US housemate Knox is arrested, along with Sollecito and Congolese national Patrick Diya Lumumba.
  • 20 November 2007: Rudy Guede detained in Germany and extradited to Italy. Mr Lumumba released without charge
  • 28 October 2008: Guede sentenced to 16 years. A judge rules Sollecito and Knox will face a murder trial
  • 4 December 2009: Knox and Sollecito found guilty of murder and sexual violence, and jailed for 26 and 25 years
  • 3 October 2011: Knox and Sollecito acquitted
  • 26 March 2013: Re-run of appeals ordered. Acquittals overturned

Prosecutors believe she died in a brutal sex game that went wrong.

Another man - Rudy Guede from Ivory Coast - was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to 16 years for the killing.

The case has drawn intense media interest in Italy, the UK and the US, and put the Italian police and justice system under great scrutiny.

"I was in the courtroom [in Italy] when they were calling me 'devil'," Ms Knox says in the ABC interview.

"It's one thing to be called certain things in the media and then it's another thing to be sitting in a courtroom, fighting for your life, while people are calling you a devil.

"For all intents and purposes, I was a murderer - whether I was or not. And I had to live with the idea that that would be my life."

She adds that what happened to her "was surreal but it could've happened to anyone".

The interview is timed to coincide with the release of Ms Knox's autobiography (Waiting to Be Heard), for which she was reportedly paid more than $4m (£2.5m), the BBC's David Willis in Washington reports.

In the book, she maintains that on the night of Meredith Kercher's death she was at Raffaele Sollecito's flat smoking marijuana and watching a movie.

The Italian courts cannot compel her to return for the retrial but they could request her extradition - at which point it would be up to the US authorities to determine her fate, our correspondent says.

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