Knox Makes Emotional Plea At Appeals Trial


An American college student convicted of a twisted sex slay in Italy delivered a passionate speech on Saturday in her defense in a desperate attempt to overturn her sentence.

Amanda Knox, who was convicted for the murder of her roommate in 2007, told an Italian appeals court they made an ""enormous mistake.""

The young woman once dubbed as ""Foxy Knoxy"" claimed she is innocent and is in no way ""dangerous, diabolical, uncaring"" and ""violent,"" reported The Associated Press.

Knox, now 23, was sentenced to 26 years in prison last year along with her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who received 25 years for killing British student Meredith Kercher in her Perugia apartment.

""I am innocent. Raffaele is innocent. We did not kill Meredith,"" Knox tearfully told the court, speaking Italian. ""It doesn't' do justice to Meredith and her loved ones to take our lives from us.""

Last December, the court ruled that Knox and Sollecito, along with another man, Rudy Hermann Guede, tried to get Kercher to have sex with Guede.

When she resisted, the trio killed the 21-year-old woman, slashing her throat and leaving her half-naked in her blood-soaked bedroom.

Guede was tried separately and sentenced to 16 years for the murder.

Defense lawyers claim DNA evidence found on the alleged murder weapon and Kercher's bra were inconclusive and possibly contaminated.

""I stand here more scared than ever, not because I am or I have ever been afraid of the truth,"" Knox, who has already spent three years in prison, said, ""but because the truth has not been recognized.""

The victim's father, however, remains convinced Knox is the killer.

He told the Daily Mail, it seems she ""has been accorded the status of a minor celebrity.""

The case is scheduled to resume in court Dec. 18.