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Judges deciding whether to uphold Amanda Knox murder conviction

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ROME (AP) - Judges on Italy's top criminal court are deliberating whether to overturn the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend in the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate.

If the convictions are confirmed, that could bring an extradition request from Italy for Knox, who is currently free in the United States. She has maintained her innocence, and has vowed never to willingly return to Italy.

Lawyers for her ex-boyfriend today urged the court to toss out the conviction. They said there were "colossal" errors in the guilty verdicts.

Judges started deliberating shortly after noon. Defense lawyers drifted back into the courthouse nearly five hours later, indicating a decision could come soon.

At the time of the killing, Knox had been studying in the university town of Perugia -- along with the victim, Meredith Kercher.

Marriage plans and writing occupy Amanda Knox

SEATTLE (AP) - Despite the murder case hanging over her head, Amanda Knox has tried to lead a normal life in the more than three years since she was freed from an Italian prison.  

The 27-year-old former exchange student recently got engaged and has started writing theater reviews and other articles for a weekly paper in her hometown. She graduated from the University of Washington last year with a degree in creative writing.
    
Mostly left alone by the media in Seattle, she spends time with family and friends, all while observing from afar the legal proceedings that could result in an attempt to send her back to prison in Italy in the slaying of her roommate.
    
Knox has said she would never willingly return.

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