As we await the fate of 24-year-old accused killer Amanda Knox, her parents Curt Knox and Edda Mellas appeared on the “Today Show” Friday, where they spoke out on their daughter’s controversial murder conviction.
Knox, who’s been jailed for more than 1,400 days in Italy for the murder her roommate Meredith Kercher, is in the home stretch of an appeals trial – a verdict could come as soon as Monday – and home is exactly where her parents want her.
“She’s not staying here, period,” her father Curt told Matt Lauer, who’s in Perugia, Italy covering the trial. Her parents won’t give up fighting for Amanda until she’s released and returned to her home in Seattle.
The family is hopeful the court will overturn Knox’s conviction on the basis of shaky DNA evidence that some experts allege should never have been considered in her first trial.
“Common sense, that’s the thing that is missing, especially in the first trial,” Curt says.
“To use the theory of the prosecution; four people inside a very small room, one person fighting for their life, three people, I’m sure their adrenaline is running, and for Amanda and Raffaele to leave nothing in that room … No hair, no blood, no saliva, nothing, no fingerprints, anything. It’s physically impossible to take place. And to me, that is just pure common sense,” Curt explains.
Watch the Emotional Interview with Knox’s Parents on “Today”:
“You know, Amanda will find a way to live through it (if her appeal is denied),” her mother Edda Mellas told Lauer. “If she can do that, that’s the least we can do. We’re not stopping and no parent would. Wouldn’t you do everything that you could to help them? Everything? You just don’t stop.”
Amanda is expected to make a statement to the court in the closing arguments on Monday.
“It’s actually going to be very painful to listen to,” her father said. “She’s literally fighting for her life.”
Knox is appealing her November 2007 conviction for the killing of British student Meredith Kercher, for which she received a 26-year sentence in an Italian prison. Her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was also convicted for the crime and sentenced a 25-year term.