Amanda Knox said in a statement that she is grateful the court was forced to declare her innocence

By Tara Fowler
Updated September 08, 2015 09:00 AM
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Italy’s top criminal court revealed on Monday that it overturned Amanda Knox‘s murder conviction earlier this year because of “glaring errors” in the prosecution’s case.

It’s the latest twist in the long saga. Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were first convicted of the 2007 murder of Knox’s roommate, British exchange student Meredith Kercher, in 2009. She was found dead in a pool of blood in the girls’ shared apartment, with as many as 40 stab wounds to her body.

But the murder convictions were overturned in 2011. Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, then ordered a new trial for the pair after determining that the acquittal was full of “deficiencies, contradictions and illogical” conclusions. In that time, Knox fled Italy for Seattle, where she vowed to remain even if a second trial found her guilty again.

Knox and Sollecito ultimately ended up being convicted again in 2014. However, that conviction was overturned in March. The same court that had ordered the new trial criticized police and prosecutors for “stunning weakness” and “investigative bouts of amnesia,” according to the decision made public on Monday.

“There was no shortage of glaring errors in the underlying fabric of the sentence in question,” the court wrote, NBC News reports.

In a statement posted to her website on Monday afternoon, Knox, now 28, wrote that she was grateful the court was forced to declare her innocence.

“This has been a long struggle for me, my family, my friends, and my supporters. While I am glad it is now over, I will remain forever grateful to the many individuals who gave their time and talents to help me,” she wrote.

“Today would not have been possible without your unwavering support. I will now begin the rest of my life with one of my goals being to help others who have been wrongfully accused.”

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