Amanda Knox left Italy for the U.S. today after an Italian appeals court dramatically overturned the American student’s conviction of sexually assaulting and brutally slaying her British roommate, the Associated Press reports. Prosecutor Giuliano Mignini expressed disbelief in the verdict, and vowed an appeal to Italy’s highest criminal court.
“This trial was done under unacceptable media pressure. The decision was almost already announced, this is not normal,” he said. Knox, 24, and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, who shared an apartment with Knox in Perugia. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison, Sollecito to 25. Both had been in custody since Nov. 6, 2007, four days after Kercher’s body was found.