UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
PERUGIA, Italy — An Italian jury found American college student Amanda Knox guand guilty of murdering her British roommate sentenced her to 26 years.
A verdict came just after midnight (6 p.m. EST) in the yearlong trial, which drew intense media attention and largely focused on the personality of the 22-year-old student from Seattle and her life as an exchange student in Italy.
Knox and Raffaele Sollecito, 25, were charged with murder and sexual assault in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher. All three were studying in Perugia in Italy's central Umbria region at the time.
Kercher's body was found in a pool of blood with her throat slit on Nov. 2, 2007, in the bedroom of the house she shared with Knox. Prosecutors contended the 21-year-old Leeds University student was murdered the previous night.