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Amanda Knox 'Loves Italy' And May Return To Perugia As Witness In Parents' Trial

First Posted: 01/25/2012 11:12 am Updated: 01/25/2012 12:54 pm

Just because Amanda Knox spent most of the last four years locked in an Italian prison doesn't mean she doesn't love the land of pasta and fine wine.

The 24-year-old study-abroad student from Washington, who was freed in October after an appeals court overturned her murder conviction, "loves Italy" and will probably return, her attorney said on Tuesday.

In 2007, Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of killing her British roommate in Perugia.

Prosecutors depicted Knox as a drug using sex-fiend who slit her roommate's throat in a satanic ritual.

The press lambasted her, too, appropriating her soccer nickname "Foxy Knoxy" for sensationalized coverage of the case.

Through it all though, Knox, who was freed by an appeals court in October, still "loves Italy and likes Perugia," according to one of her lawyers who spoke with the ANSA news agency.

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  • Meredith Kercher Found Dead

    Nov. 2, 2007: Meredith Kercher (pictured) was found dead in her Perugia apartment. It was determined she died the night before. Nov. 6: Amanda Knox, Kercher's American roommate was arrested with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and Diya Lumumba, who owned the pub where Knox worked. The latter was released from jail due to lack of evidence on Nov. 20.

  • Kercher and Knox in Perugia, Italy

    This is the house in Perugia, a university town in central Italy, where Kercher and Knox lived. Witnesses said the two roommates had a falling out over a number of issues, including Knox's sanitary habits, alleged thefts of cash and her alleged habit of bringing "strange men" back to the home.

  • Amanda Knox Arrested

    In this Sept. 16, 2008 file photo, then murder suspect Amanda Knox is escorted by Italian penitentiary police officers from Perugia's court after a hearing, central Italy. Knox was arrested on Nov. 6, 2007 with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and the owner of the pub she worked at. She and Sollecito were indicted on murder and sexual assault charges in October, 2008.

  • Raffaele Sollecito

    This Nov. 2, 2007 file photo shows Italian student Raffaele Sollecito outside the rented house where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead on Nov 1, in Perugia, Italy.

  • Rudy Hermann Guede

    Dec. 6, 2007: Rudy Hermann Guede, center, a drifter from the Ivory Coast, was extradited from Germany and jailed. He was convicted in a separate trial and sentenced to 30 years in prison. An appeals court upheld the conviction on Dec. 22, 2009, but his term was reduced to 16 years.

  • Knox, Sollecito Murder Trial

    June 26, 2009: Murder suspect Raffaele Sollecito is escorted by a penitentiary police officer as he arrives for a hearing in the Meredith Kercher murder trial, in Perugia, Italy.

  • Amanda Knox Testifimony

    June 13, 2009: Amanda Knox testifies at the sitting of the Meredith Kercher murder trial at the Perugia courthouse in Perugia, Italy.

  • Guilty Conviction

    Dec. 4, 2009: Court finds both Knox and Sollecito (pictured) guilty of murder and sexual assault. They are convicted to 26 and 25 years respectively.

  • Arline Kercher

    December, 2009: Arline Kercher, the victim's mother, wipes her eyes during a news conference following the guilty verdict.

  • Amanda Knox Guilty

    The Italian newspaper Corriere dell' Umbria carries news of the convictions of Knox and Sollecito. The case made headlines in both countries, but for different reasons: In the U.S., it was seen by legal experts as deeply flawed. But in Italy, Knox was viewed as harboring a secret dark side and was largely presumed guilty.

  • Amanda Knox Guilty

    December, 2009: Knox's father, Curt, and her sister Deanna leave an Italian prison in Capanne after visiting Amanda. The family insisted she was innocent. "We will take this as far as we have to take this, because she is walking out of there totally free of anything related to this," Curt Knox later told The Seattle Times.

  • Amanda Knox Appeal

    April, 2010: Knox's attorneys argued in their appeal that the forensic and DNA evidence in the case was mishandled and inconclusive. They also contend that prosecutors failed to come up with a motive and that the conviction was based on false hypotheses.

  • Amanda Knox Appeal

    June 1, 2010: Knox appears in a Perugia court for a preliminary hearing on charges she slandered Italian police. She claims police beat her during questioning in Kercher's death. Knox's parents were charged with libel for repeating their daughter's allegations.

  • Appeals Trial

    Nov. 24, 2010: Knox, 23, appealed her conviction and 26-year prison sentence for Kercher's murder. The trial for her and Sollecito opened in Parugia. Here, she appears with her lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, at a Jan. 22 hearing.

  • Amanda Knox Accuser Testifies in Court

    Rudy Geude, already convicted separately for his part in Meredith Kercher's death, is now pointing the finger at Knox and her boyfriend.

  • Edda Mellas and Curt Knox

    Feb. 15, 2011: Knox's parents, Edda Mellas and Curt Knox, were indicted on slander charges. The pair faced sentences to up to three years in prison if convicted.

  • Amanda Knox Appeal

    A 2 image combo shows Amanda Knox entering the Perugia court in these May 21, 2011, left, and Feb. 14, 2009 file photos. Two years ago, as she waited to know whether she'd be found guilty of murdering her British roommate, Amanda Knox was so confident she thought she'd be flying home within hours. She never did. Still behind bars, still waiting for a verdict, this time by an appeals court, the American is a changed woman, family and friends say, more mature, more wary of people around her, increasingly anxious as the moment of truth approaches. The transformation is apparent from the outside. Gone is the Beatles sweater, the confident demeanor, the irreverent smile. Now 24, Knox is conservatively dressed, pale and thinner. (AP Photo/Stefano Medici/Files)

  • Amanda Knox Acquitted

    Oct. 3, 2011: Amanda Knox breaks in tears after hearing the verdict that overturns her conviction and acquits her of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher, at the Perugia court. Italian appeals court threw out Amanda Knox's murder conviction and ordered the young American freed after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate. Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict overturning her 2009 conviction was read out. Her co-defendant, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, also was cleared.

  • Amanda Knox Goes Free After Conviction Reversed

    The 24 year-old American who spent four years in an Italian prison had her murder conviction reversed by an appeals court, that questioned evidence and ordered immediate release. Within hours, she was heading home to Washington State. Tim Minton says reasonable doubt cuts both ways.

  • Amanda Knox Memoir Due in 2013

    After an intense bidding war, HarperCollins has struck a deal with Amanda Knox to tell her story.

  • Amanda Knox to Face Retrial

    March 26, 2013: Italy's highest criminal court overturned Amanda Knox's acquittal in the killing of her British roommate and ordered a new trial, prolonging a case that has become a cause celebre in the United States.

Her return trip to Italy could come in September as a witness in her parents' upcoming trial on charges that they slandered the local police force, KIRO radio says.

However, attorney Carlo Dalla Vedova says his client would rather visit Italy as a tourist, The Daily Mail writes.

Since the acquittal, Knox has moved to Seattle where she lives with her new boyfriend, a musician, KIRO says.

Sollecito, also freed in October, has apparently moved on with his life. The spectacled 27 year old is engaged, according to a Fox News report this month.

A third person, Rudy Guede, was convicted in a separate trial of murdering Meredith Kercher and he remains behind bars.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said that the press created Knox's nickname "Foxy Knoxy." Her soccer teammates gave her that nicknames and members of the media used it while covering her murder trial.

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Filed by Michael McLaughlin  |