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‘Foxy Knoxy’ Not Looking So Foxy

November 24, 2010 - 10:19 AM | by: Greg Burke

Amanda Knox, the student from Seattle convicted of murdering her housemate three years ago in Perugia, Italy, appeared in court briefly today for the start of her appeal.

Knox was sentenced last year to 26 years in prison for the murder of Meredith Kercher, with whom she shared a house as they studied abroad. Also convicted was Knox’s former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito.

Knox, 23, has been nicknamed “Foxy Knoxy,” but she was not looking her best this morning. Although her hair has grown out from the pixie cut she sported this summer, she looked thinner and had bags under her eyes.

Her lawyer said she is both tense and exhausted.  That certainly showed on her face as the Seattle native is about to spend one more holiday season in jail.

While prosecutors will ask for even a stiffer sentence than the one Knox received in the initial trial, defense lawyers hope she will be found innocent in the appeal.

The trial is set to resume Dec. 11, and one key issue the judge will have to decide at the start is whether or not to allow a re-examination of the evidence.

Defense lawyers argued during the initial trial that the collection and examination of evidence from the crime scene was sloppy.

One thing might bode well for Amanda. A third man found guilty in the case, African immigrant Rudy Guede, had his sentenced reduced from 30 years to 16 on appeal.

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