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Verdict to be announced in Amanda Knox case

PERUGIA, Italy. - A verdict is set to be announced in the case of Amanda Knox, the American student who's on trial in Italy for the brutal murder of her British roommate.
     
After 11 hours of deliberations, court officials said the verdict would come at 6 p.m., Eastern time. A verdict will also come for her Italian co-defendant, her former boyfriend.
     
The jury began deliberating today on whether Knox is guilty and should spend the rest of her life behind bars.
     
The verdict will bring to an end a year-long trial that focused largely on the personality of the 22-year-old from Seattle and the details of her life as an exchange student.
     
Knox and the Italian man, Raffaele Sollecito, were charged with murder and sexual assault in
the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher. All three were studying in Perugia at the time. Knox and Sollecito were dating, and Knox shared a house with the victim, who was from England.
     
The woman was found in a pool of blood, with her throat cut, in the bedroom of the house.
     
Knox's mother says she's "extremely hopeful" and "confident that the judges and the jury are going to make the right decision."

Family of Amanda Knox anxiously awaits verdict

Relatives and friends of Amanda Knox have gathered at a relative's home in West Seattle on Friday afternoon where they anxiously await the verdict in her murder trial in Italy.
     
Amanda's grandmother, Elisabeth Huff, is at the home of Janet and Mick Huff, her aunt and uncle. She says the yearlong trial has worn everyone down and they want it to be over.
     

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