Amanda Knox, who was found guilty and then cleared of the murder of British university exchange student Meredith Kercher has said she wants to visit the dead girl's grave.
Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, 29, were convicted of murdering and sexually assaulting 21-year-old Meredith in the flat their shared in Perugia, Italy, in 2009. Two years later, they were both cleared, but a new trial, due to start in two weeks, was subsequently ordered by Italy's Supreme Court.
Drifter Rudy Guede, 26, was also convicted of murdering and sexual assaulting Meredith, and was sentenced to 30 years in Jail in 2008, later reduced to 16 years.
Speaking to Italian magazine Oggi, Knox, 26, once again stressed her innocence and said that her refusal to attend the new hearing was not an 'admission of guilt'
"I was absorbed and annihilated by the trial, by prison. I still don't have the strength to cry, to digest the loss of Meredith," she said.
Speaking about Meredith's parents, John and Arline, Knox said she wanted to see them.
"I would like to meet them, one day I would like to go with them to the grave of my friend," she said, but added: "I don't want to impose myself on their pain, I hope that I can meet them half-way, even if for now it is too early, they still think I am guilty and that is something that hurts me a great deal."
She said she had not tried to contact Meredith's family as yet, and claimed there was an 'abyss of pain that separates us, that has grown during the trial'.
"I haven't had the courage to cross it. Millions of times I've thought about it and millions of times in my own way I haven't done it because I am scared that they will think it a legal strategy or a media one," she said.
The Sun reports that the Kercher family lawyer has 'slammed' Knox and Sollecito's decision not to attend the new trial.
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