Four years after she was accused of playing a key role in a brutal murder, an Italian jury has shockingly overturned American Amanda Knox's conviction. After gasps and cheers could be heard in and around the tense courtroom, the court ordered her freed immediately.
It's expected that Knox will take a flight back to the United States with her parents in a matter of hours -- not days.
In a case that has attracted international attention since it began, Knox had vociferously fought her conviction since it was handed down in 2009. She was originally sentenced to 25 years in prison for her role in a flatmate's sexual assault and murder.
Meredith Kercher, 21, was sexually assaulted and murdered Nov. 1, 2007 in Italy, on 1 November 2007. She was a British university exchange student from South London who shared an upstairs flat with three other young women -- which included Knox.
Amanda Knox, an American student, was 20 at the time of the murder. While enrolled at the University of Washington, Knox was in Perugia, Italy attending the University of Foreigners for one year, studying Italian, German and creative writing.
Rudy Guede, a resident of Perugia, was convicted of the sexual assault and murder of Kercher in 2008. His fast-track conviction was upheld, and he is now serving a reduced sentence of 16 years.
The media crush surrounding Knox will only intensify. Her first interview stateside will be considered a huge "get" for competing outlets.