Foxy Knoxy 'relieved' at being finally acquitted of murder

Foxy Knoxy 'relieved' at being finally acquitted of murder

Amanda Knox, "relieved and grateful" that Italy's highest court overturned her conviction for the murder of Meredith Kercher, has described her British flat-mate as her friend.

When asked outside her mother's house in Seattle, Washington, what she would say to the Kercher family, Ms Knox, 27, told reporters: "Meredith was my friend. She deserved so much in this life."

Then, shepherding her daughter back into the house, Edda Mellas said the family was "so thankful that everything is finally right".

In a rare decision, the supreme Court of Cassation overturned last year's convictions by a Florence appeals court and declined to order another trial.

The judges declared that Ms Knox and her then Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 31, did not commit the crime in 2007 - a stronger exoneration than merely finding that there was not enough evidence to convict.

The ruling brings to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Finished!" Ms Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out.

"It couldn't be better than this."

In a statement, Ms Knox said she was "relieved and grateful" for the decision.

"The knowledge of my innocence has given me strength in the darkest times of this ordeal," she said, thanking her supporters for believing in her.

She later emerged from her mother's home in Seattle, Washington, supported by her fiance Colin Sutherland and Ms Mella, and said: "Right now I'm still absorbing what all this means and what comes to mind is my gratitude for the life that's been given to me."