Cleared on appeal, Amanda Knox returns home to Seattle

SEATTLE/PERUGIA,  (Reuters) – Amanda Knox returned  home to Seattle yesterday, one day after an Italian court  cleared the 24-year-old college student of murder and freed her  from prison.

A plane carrying Knox, who grew up in the close-knit West  Seattle neighborhood where both of her divorced parents still  live, landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport shortly  after 5 p.m. local time.

Knox wiped away tears as she spoke to a throng of reporters  at the airport minutes after she stepped off the plane.

“They are reminding me to speak in English because I’m  having trouble with that,” Knox, 24, said in brief remarks.  “I’m really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the  airplane and it seemed like everything wasn’t real.”

A former University of Washington student, Knox thanked  “everyone who has believed in me, who has defended me,” during  her ordeal. “I just want my family. That’s the most important  thing to me right now, and I just want to go be with them.”

Anne Bremner, a Seattle defense attorney and spokeswoman  for Friends of Amanda Knox, said that, according to her family,  Knox was looking forward to having a backyard barbecue, being  outside in the grass, playing soccer and seeing old friends.

“Just normal things that you would want to do after being  in prison for four years for a crime you didn’t do,” she said.

Knox sobbed on hearing that the court had overturned her  2009 conviction for murdering her housemate, 21-year-old  Meredith Kercher, in what prosecutors have said was a  drug-fueled sexual assault.

Also cleared was her former boyfriend, Rafaele Sollecito,  leaving Ivorian drifter Rudy Guede as the only person convicted  in a killing which investigators believe was carried out by  more than one person.

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