Knox defends herself in Italian court

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PERUGIA, Italy (AP) -- A tearful Amanda Knox has told an appeals court in Italy that accusations that she killed her British roommate are unfair and groundless.

Knox fought back tears as she addressed the court Monday, minutes before the jury went into deliberations to decide whether to uphold her murder conviction. A verdict is expected later in the day.

Knox said that she is "paying with my life for things I didn't do." She said she wants to go home and "back to my life."

Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man.

They deny wrongdoing.