Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned (PHOTOS)

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Amanda Knox bursts into tears when she is acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher murder on October 3, 2011 at Perugia's court. Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian appeal court on Monday after four years in custody over the killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.

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Tiziana Fabi

ROME, Italy — An appeals court in Italy has overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox.

Knox, 24, and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, were convicted in December 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007. Knox was then sentenced to 26 years in prison. At the time of the murder, Kercher and Knox were roommates.

Sollecito's conviction was also overturned, CNN reports. The jury upheld Knox's separate conviction on defamation charges.

One of Knox's lawyers, Carlo Dallas Vedova, told CNN that Knox will be leaving Italy "as soon as possible."

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    Amanda Knox bursts into tears when she is acquitted of the murder of Meredith Kercher murder on October 3, 2011 at Perugia's court. Knox was acquitted of murder and sexual assault by an Italian appeal court on Monday after four years in custody over the killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher.

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    Tiziana Fabi

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    Supporters of Amanda Knox, from left, John Lang, Kellanne Henry and Margaret Ralph, celebrate the overturning of Knox's conviction for killing British student Meredith Kercher October 3, 2011 in a hotel in Seattle, Washington. The slander charges were upheld.

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    Stephen Brashear

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    Amanda Knox's co-accused, Italian Raffaele Sollecito, is congratulated in Perugia's Court of Appeal after hearing that he won his appeal against his murder conviction on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Oli Scarff

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    Members of the media record the proceedings in Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's appeal hearing at Perugia's Court of Appeal on October 3, 2011 in Perugia, Italy

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    Oli Scarff

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    Amanda Knox attends her appeal hearing on September 26, 2011 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Giuseppe Bellini

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    US defendant Amanda Knox sits on June 18, 2011 in court during her appeal trial at the Perugia courthouse. She appealed the sentence and claimed that key forensic evidence used to convict her is unreliable and should be rejected.

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    Tiziana Fabi

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    Television news satellite vans are parked outside Perugia's Court of Appeal to record the first session of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's appeal against their murder convictions on November 24, 2010 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Oli Scarff

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    Amanda Knox is escorted into the court during the resumption of her appeal trial in Perugia on September 30, 2011. Both her original trial and the appeal have been accompanied by sensational tabloid headlines, shocking exposes and a degree of international television coverage that is perhaps unprecedented for a legal case in Italy.

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    Tiziana Fabi

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    Meredith Kercher's mother, Arline Kercher, and sister, Stephanie Kercher, speak to the press on the eve of the verdict in Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito's appeal of their murder convictions on October 3, 2011.

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    Curt Knox, father of Amanda, is interviewed by the media outside Perugia's Court of Appeal on September 29, 2011 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Oli Scarff

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    The table of Amanda Knox's defence lawyer Luciano Ghirga before the closing arguments for the Meredith Kercher trial at the courthouse on December 2, 2009 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Giuseppe Bellini

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    Ivory Coast citizen Rudy Guede, convicted of the murder of Meredith Kercher, chats with his lawyer's assistant in the Perugia courthouse during the sitting of his appeal against the sentence he received, on November 18, 2009 in Perugia, Italy.

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    Franco Origlia

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    US student Amanda Knox (R) talks with her lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova before the start of the second hearing of her appeal trial in Perugia's courthouse on December 11, 2010.

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    Filippo Monteforte

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    One of the three suspects in the murder of British student Meredith Kercher, Amanda Knox, is escorted by police upon her arrival at a court hearing in Perugia on September 26, 2008. Kercher, 22, a student from Leeds University studying in Perugia as part of the Erasmus exchange program, was found dead in her Perugia apartment on November 1 with her throat cut.

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    Frederico Zirilli