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Amanda Knox And New Boyfriend James Terrano Celebrate $4 Million Book Deal

Posted: 02/17/12 05:41 PM ET  |  Updated: 02/17/12 06:55 PM ET

Amanda Knox

After spending four years in prison, it's no surprise that Amanda Knox isn't wasting any time.

One day after announcing her $4 million book deal with Harper Collins, in which she'll give a "full and unflinching account" of her arrest and trial for the murder of Meredith Kerchner, the acquitted Knox hit the streets of her native Seattle with new boyfriend James Terrano, the Daily Mail reports.

New pictures show Knox and Terrano, both 24, holding hands and smiling as they head out for lunch.

Earlier in the day, Knox teamed up with her roommate Madison Paxton to drop of a box of donations at the Salvation Army.

Knox and Terrano have been living together in his Seattle apartment since shortly after Knox returned to America in October, the Daily Mail reported.

According to Terrano's brother, the two met each other when they were both students at the University of Washington, long before Knox's Italian ordeal.

Various media outlets, including the Telegraph, have reported that the couple is in the midst of a "trial marriage," though neither has confirmed the rumors.

Moving forward, Knox will work closely with a number of collaborators, including journalists who covered her arrest and trial, to finish her new book, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in 2013, the Seattle Times reports.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
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  • Nov. 2, 2007

    British student Meredith Kercher, 21, is found murdered in the Perugia, Italy apartment she shares with 20-year-old Amanda Knox, an American student. Post-mortem examination reveals evidence of sexual activity before death.

  • Nov 6, 2007

    Knox and 23-year-old boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito (right) are arrested. Knox's boss, 38-year-old bar owner Patrick Lumumba, is also arrested after revealing he'd canceled Knox's shift the night Kercher is murdered. He is released Nov. 19.

  • Oct. 28, 2008

    A third suspect, 20-year-old drug dealer Rudy Hermann Guede, is sentenced to 30 years in jail after confessing to being in the house on the night of the murder. He maintains his innocence, instead blaming an Italian stranger for the crime.

  • Sept. 26, 2008

    Knox and Sollecito meet in court for the first time since their arrests.

  • Jan. 16, 2009

    Knox and Sollecito's trial begins.

  • March 6, 2009

    After claiming she was pressured to name a suspect, Knox tells the court she was at Sollecito's house when Kercher's murder took place.

  • Nov. 21, 2009

    Italian prosecutors request life sentences for both Knox and Sollecito.

  • Dec. 4, 2009

    Jury retires to consider verdicts. Both defendants are found guilty. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, while Sollecito received 25 years. On Dec. 19, Guede's sentence is decreased to 16 years.

  • June 17, 2010

    Knox appears at a preliminary hearing in view of her upcoming appeal trial.

  • Oct. 1, 2010

    Knox briefly reappears in an Italian court for a hearing on possible police slander charges.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox was escorted by a policewoman into the same Perugia courtroom where the first trial was held.

  • Nov. 8, 2010

    Knox is indicted on slander charges for claiming she was beaten by police when questioned in 2007 about her roommate's slaying.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox returns to court for the start of her appeals trial, about a year after the American student was convicted of killing her British roommate in a case that drew global attention.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The appeal trial for both Knox and Sollecito is scheduled to open in Perugia.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    The 23-year-old was convicted in December 2010 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 26 years in prison.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox chats with her lawyer Carlo Della Vedova.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Sollecito, right, is escorted by a penitentiary police guard as he arrives for a hearing in the appeals trial.

  • Nov. 24, 2010

    Knox is escorted by a penitentiary guard.

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