Amanda Knox verdict expected Monday


Amanda Knox attends her appeal hearing at Perugia's Court of Appeal on September 29, 2011 in Perugia, Italy. Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito are awaiting the verdict of their appeal that could see their conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher overturned.


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The presiding judge in Amanda Knox's Italian murder appeal case said Thursday that a verdict in the case is expected on Monday, CBS News reports.

CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reports Thursday's closing arguments should mark the end of Knox's ordeal, which has seen her convicted of murdering her English roommate, sentenced to 26 years in prison, and then challenge the conviction which her lawyers claim was reached using highly flawed DNA evidence.

Knox, 24, has been in an Italian prison for four years. Amanda's father Curt Knox told CBS that his daughter has not been eating or sleeping well lately.

"All of the defense, all of the arguments, all of the testimony that has been provided to all of the DNA experts, that's all one thing, but to have your daughter have to plead for her life, it's tough," he said.

The Daily Mail reports that Knox's lawyer, Carlo Dalla Vedova, used part of his closing arguments to call out what he believes are errors made by police during the investigation, and also point to breaches of Knox's civil rights by police and prosecutors.

"Yes you must show respect for the poor victim Meredith Kercher and her mother and father," Dalla Vedova told the judge and jury, "but do not make the mistake of putting two innocents in jail. Pain is not a judicial argument."

Earlier this week, a lawyer for Patrick Lumumba, a Perugia bar owner who Knox wrongfully accused of being the murderer in 2007, called Knox a "she-devil" and a "witch" in court.

"Who is Amanda Knox?" Carlo Pacelli said, according to the Associated Press. "Is she the mild-looking, fresh-faced person you see here, or the one devoted to lust, drugs and alcohol that emerges from the court documents?"