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Defense: Knox a victim of judicial case
Italian defense lawyer says in final arguments that Knox is victim of 'tragic judicial case'
By The Associated Press

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) ' A defense lawyer has begun final arguments in the appeals trial of Amanda Knox, saying the American student convicted of murdering her roommate is an innocent girl who has been the victim of a "tragic judicial case."

Carlo Dalla Vedova told the appeals court Thursday that Knox has spent about 1,000 days behind bars as a result.

Knox was convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher, a British student in Perugia, and sentenced to 26 years in prison, while co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years.

They deny wrongdoing.

Knox was arrested on Nov. 6, 2007 ' four days after Kercher's body was found in the apartment they shared in Perugia.

A verdict is expected between Saturday and Monday.

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