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Knox trial nears 3rd verdict

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 | 6:52 a.m.

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — American student Amanda Knox is awaiting half world away for her third Italian court verdict in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher.

Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were first found guilty of murder, then acquitted by an appeals court. Italy's highest court then set aside the acquittal and sent the case back to another appeals tribunal.

That court, in Florence, is set to deliberate on Thursday with a verdict expected later in the day.

Knox chose to remain in Seattle during the third trial, saying she feared a wrongful conviction in Italy.

Whatever is decided this week, the protracted legal battle that has grabbed global headlines and polarized trial-watchers probably won't end in Florence.