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Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned (PHOTOS)

An Italian appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of American student.

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned (PHOTOS)

ROME, Italy — An appeals court in Italy has overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox.

Knox, 24, and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, 27, were convicted in December 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007. Knox was then sentenced to 26 years in prison. At the time of the murder, Kercher and Knox were roommates.

Sollecito's conviction was also overturned, CNN reports. The jury upheld Knox's separate conviction on defamation charges.

One of Knox's lawyers, Carlo Dallas Vedova, told CNN that Knox will be leaving Italy "as soon as possible."