Father of US suspect on trial in Italy says she’s anxious to testify

US suspect’s father says she’s anxious to testify

ROME — The father of an American suspect on trial in Italy for the slaying of her British roommate said Friday that his daughter is “getting anxious to testify.”

Amanda Knox is on trial in Perugia, central Italy, with her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher. Both deny wrongdoing.

“She’s hanging in there,” Curt Knox said from Perugia in an interview on NBC’s Today Show. “She’s seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. She’s getting anxious to testify and get her word in court that she’s 100 percent innocent.”

Knox’s family members have attended every hearing since the trial started in January. They have adamantly defended the American in the media.

Knox, a 21-year-old from Seattle, was in an exchange program in Perugia and sharing an apartment with Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Leeds University in England, when the Briton was found stabbed to death in the house on Nov. 2, 2007. Prosecutors allege Kercher was killed during what began as a sex game.

Knox and Sollecito went on trial on charges of murder and sexual violence. If convicted, they could face life in prison.

It is not clear when Knox would take the stand in front of the eight-member jury. The trial may go on through the end of the year.

On Thursday, Knox buried her face in her hands when the blood-covered face of the woman she is accused of murdering was shown in video footage at the trial.


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