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Italian court overturns Amanda Knox acquittal

ROME -- Italy's highest criminal court ordered a new trial for Amanda Knox and her former Italian boyfriend on Tuesday, overturning their acquittals in the gruesome slaying of her British roommate.

Knox, now 25 and a University of Washington student in Seattle, called the decision by the Rome-based Court of Cassation "painful" but said she was confident she would be exonerated.

She left Italy a free woman after her 2011 acquittal, but only after serving nearly four years of a 26-year prison sentence from a lower court that convicted her of murdering Meredith Kercher, 21. Raffaele Sollecito, Knox's boyfriend at the time, was also convicted and acquitted later.

Italian law cannot compel Knox to return for the new trial, and one of her lawyers said she had no plans to do so. If Knox is convicted, it would be up to the Italian government whether to seek extradition.

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