Amanda Knox: Conviction is Wrong, "Hit Me Like a Train"

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An emotional Amanda Knox is vowing to fight her murder conviction once again, saying defiantly "this is wrong" and that she will never willingly return to Italy.

A jury found Amanda Knox guilty yesterday in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, which she spent four years in prison for before being released on appeal.

Prosecutors in Italy retried the case, however, and Knox was convicted a second time. She has been in the U.S. since her 2011 release, however.

She wasn't present for the retrial, and Friday morning, she struggled to hold back tears as she railed against the verdict, saying: “This is wrong.”

Appearing on Good Morning America, the Seattle native expressed outrage at the verdict and 28 year sentence the Italian justice system handed down.

She told Robin Roberts she is “going through waves of emotions” and said she couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the decision was read.

“It really hit me like a train,” Knox revealed, with her chin quivering and her voice cracking throughout the interview. “I did not expect this to happen.”

She said, “No, this is wrong,” about her guilty conviction and said she's determined to fight, telling Roberts “I’m going to do everything I can to prove it.”

Amanda Knox Photograph
What a beautiful Amanda Knox photograph!

Emotionally, Amanda Knox said, “Really horrible things can happen and you have to stand up for yourself and you have to believe that it’s going to be ok.”

She admitted that the first time she cried was en route to the Good Morning America studio and blamed an “overzealous prosecutor and biased investigation.”

“These things happen,” she warned, insisting that “I’m not crazy,” and noting that she will "never willingly go back” to Italy to serve her sentence.

Her ex, Raffaele Sollecito, did attend his re-trial, and was also found guilty. He was stopped by police near the Italian/Austrian/Slovenia border Friday.

Knox and Sollecito have maintained their innocence throughout the ordeal and they can appeal their convictions (again) to the Italian Supreme Court.

As for whether Italy will seek extradition of Knox, it's unclear, but she'll clearly fight it under U.S. law, which bars prosecuting people twice for the same crime.

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