Amanda Knox maintained Friday that she won't return to Italy to face trial again, despite the risks involved in not going and everything that is at stake.
"I was already imprisoned as an innocent person in Italy, and I can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience," she told Matt Lauer Friday.
"It's not a possibility. I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that."
"I don't think I'm going to be put back in prison. I think we're going to win. That's why I'm fighting this fight, that's why I continue to put forth the defensive argument in court."
Not going back, Amanda Knox reiterated, isn't an admission of guilt.
"I look at it as an admission of innocence, to be quite honest."
"Besides the fact that there are so many factors that are not allowing me to go back ... I was imprisoned as an innocent person. It's common sense not to go back."
The thought of a return to prison haunts her, as well.
"I imagine it all the time because I have to think the worst-case scenario,'' she told Lauer. "I have to prepare in my mind what that would be like."
"I thought about what it would be like to live my entire life in prison and to lose everything, to lose what I've been able to come back to and rebuild."
"I think about it all the time. It's so scary. Everything's at stake."
Present or not, the trial will be Knox's third for the alleged murder of British roommate Meredith Kercher while both were students in Perugia, Italy in 2007.
Knox was convicted in 2009 and spent nearly four years in an Italian prison before she and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were acquitted on appeal in 2011.
In March, the Italian Supreme Court ordered a new trial for Knox.
Knox, 26, can be represented by her lawyers during the proceedings in Italy. If she is re-convicted, her legal team can appeal to the Italian Supreme Court.
It’s not clear whether the U.S. would allow her to be extradited if she is re-convicted and loses that appeal. Knox said her lawyers have not discussed it.
"That's not the primary concern of my lawyers right now,'' she said. "I don't believe that they have, precisely because they're still confident that we can win this."
Knox admits that the thought of prosecutors capitalizing on her absence "drives me crazy," and said she understands the "risk" of not showing up.
"What is being on trial here is not my character. It shouldn't be. What should be on trial is the facts. If you look at the facts, there's proof of my innocence," she said.
"There's no trace of me in the room where my friend was murdered."
"There's traces all over the place of the man who actually did this. Rudy Guede was convicted, his DNA was everywhere, and it's impossible for me to have participated."
She maintains her faith that the evidence will prevail.
"There's always the fear that's lingering and the experience of having been convicted when I shouldn't have, but things have changed," she said.
"It's not just the prosecution's voice that's out there, and while it is the legal process in Italy where one can be convicted of a crime if there is no motive to be found."
"You can't be convicted if there is proof to the contrary.”