Amanda Knox vows to fight murder conviction to the end, says she will not willingly return to Italy
5:30 PM, Jan 31, 2014
6:13 PM, Jan 31, 2014
(WXYZ) - Amanda Knox is vowing she will never willingly go back to Italy.
An Italian appeals court convicted the American former college student once again on Thursday. Friday morning Knox spoke exclusively to ABC.
Knox told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts that she's planning to fight this conviction with everything she's got.
"I'm finally going through waves of emotion, in response to it. My first reaction was no! This is wrong, and I'm going to do everything I can to prove that it is," said Knox.
Knox is convicted once again of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher while they were studying in Italy.
Today the 26-year-old had to fight back tears as she spoke exclusively to Roberts.
"This really has hit me like a train. I did not expect this to happen. I really expected so much better from the Italian justice system. They found me innocent before, how can they say that it's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt," said Knox.
Knox and her former boyfriend Raffaelle Sollecito were both convicted of murder back in 2009. They served 4 years in an Italian prison before the convictions were overturned because of unreliable evidence. Both maintain their innocence but Italy's highest court ordered a new trial.
Knox is saying that she is not prepared to face possible extradition to Italy to serve a 28 ½ year sentence.
"We heard you say that you would not go willingly, Amanda, that they would have to catch you first, and you'd go kicking and screaming. I will never go willingly back… I'm going to fight this till the very end. It's not right. And it's not fair," said Knox.
Knox also says Kercher's family has been denied justice.
"I want them to know that I really understand that this incredibly difficult, that they have also been on this never ending thing, and that when the case has been messed up so much – like a verdict is no longer consolation for them," said Knox.
It's not clear yet whether Italian officials will try to bring Knox back to Italy. She can still appeal this new guilty conviction, so her fate will be up in the air for many more months to come.
Meanwhile her former boyfriend was stopped near the Italian border Thursday night. His lawyer told ABC news that he was not trying to leave the country. He did end up surrendering his passport.