Amanda Knox's appeals verdict expected in Italy

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PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- After four years in prison and convicted of murder, Amanda Knox has a chance at freedom when an appeals court decides if she killed her British roommate.

Knox and her co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito are expected to make a final case for their innocence as the appeals trial reconvenes Monday and the eight-member jury begins deliberating whether their 2009 convictions and prison sentences should stand, be dismissed or altered.

The trial has captivated audiences worldwide: Knox, the 24-year-old angel-faced American, and Sollecito, the bespectacled Italian who was once her boyfriend, were convicted of murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher in what the lower court said had begun as a drug-fueled sexual assault.