Amanda Knox Returns to U.S., Tearfully Thanks Supporters

Posted Tuesday October 4, 2011 8:57 PM GMT

She’s spent the past four years in an Italian jail after being convicted of murder, but tonight (October 4) Amanda Knox made her return to the United States.

The 24-year-old flew from Rome to London before boarding a flight to Seattle, Washington - where a press conference took place upon her arrival with swarms of media members converging on the locale.

Speaking briefly with the press, Amanda quivered as she started off by stating, "I'm a little overwhelmed right now."

Surrounded by loved ones, the 24-year-old continued, "Thanks to everyone who believed in me, who has defended me, who supported my family. My family's the most important thing right now and i just want to go be with them."

The return to her homeland comes after a Perugia court overturned her murder conviction, as Ms. Knox had been found guilty of murdering her roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007 with the help of her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, but when key DNA evidence was found to be unreliable she was set free.

And while the Knox family is rejoicing, Kercher’s brother, Lyle, voiced his confusion about what to make of the ordeal, as he told press, "We want to say we accept the decision but we are also looking at how a decision so certain a few years ago should be overturned. Rudy Guede's appeal was upheld by the court and the court agreed he wasn't acting alone. So, if those two aren't guilty, who are the others? We're back at Square One, and the search goes on to find out what really happened."

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