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  • 12 February 2013, 3:54

Amanda Knox To Break Silence On Murder Trial

Amanda Knox, the US college student cleared of murdering her British roommate Meredith Kercher in Italy, is to talk publicly about the trial for the first time.

The interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer will be broadcast on April 30 - the same day her memoir, Waiting To Be Heard, is published.

The network said she will divulge details she has never shared about her journey from being an American student studying abroad to a young woman facing decades behind bars in Italy.

Miss Knox was convicted of murdering Miss Kercher in 2007 in the Italian hill town of Perugia and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

After serving four years behind bars, she was cleared on appeal in 2011 and returned from Italy to her native Seattle, Washington, where she has kept a low profile.

Her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, who was also convicted then cleared of the murder, published his book Honour Bound in September, last year.

In it, he acknowledged the couple's behaviour after the murder of Miss Kercher, a 21-year-old Leeds University student from Coulsdon, Surrey, may have led police to believe they were responsible.

Miss Knox came to be dubbed as "Foxy Knoxy" and received the brunt of the attention as she shopped for underwear after the killing and turned cartwheels in front of investigators.

Miss Kercher's half-naked body was found in the apartment she shared with Miss Knox in Perugia, where the pair were studying.

The case made international headlines and Miss Knox's book deal, announced in February, was reportedly worth $4m (2.5m).

Rudy Guede, a petty criminal and drug dealer from the Ivory Coast, was convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering Miss Kercher and is serving a 16-year sentence.

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