Excerpts from the testimony of Amanda Knox, the U.S. student on trial for murder and sexual assault in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate. Amanda took the witness stand Friday in Perugia, Italy, where she is being tried along with her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito of Italy. She testified sometimes in English, sometimes in Italian.
On the last time she said she saw Meredith Kercher, on Nov. 1.
“She left her room, said ‘bye,’ walked out the door. That was the last time I saw her.” In Italian.
On her alibi the night of the murder:
“On Nov. 1, I told Raffaele that I wanted to watch a movie so we went to his place … I sat on the bed, he sat at his desk, he prepared the joint and then we smoked it together. First we made love, then we fell asleep.” In Italian.
On how police treated her:
“The declarations were taken against my will, so everything that I said was said in confusion and under pressure.”
“They called me a stupid liar; said I was trying to protect someone. I was not trying to protect anyone. I didn’t know what to respond. They said I left Raffaele’s home, which I denied, but they continued to call me ‘stupid liar.’” In English.
On her relationship with the victim:
“I confided in her, I would often ask for her advice. … When Meredith had a problem over my behavior, she would tell me. That was it. There was nothing she would keep hidden or that we couldn’t find agreement on.” In Italian.
On her turning cartwheels at the police station after the killing:
“In general I’m someone who tends to act a little silly when I feel I’m in difficulty or not at ease.” In Italian.
On whether she cried after Kercher’s body was found:
“I cried but I was always hugged by Raffaele. First he gave me his jacket, then he was cuddling with me because I was shaking. I didn’t know what to think, I was shocked.” In Italian.
On police questioning:
“When I arrived at the police office I wasn’t expecting to be interrogated at all. I was sitting on my own, doing my homework, when a couple of police officers came to sit with me. They began to ask me the same questions they’d been asking me all those days … for instance, who could I imagine could be the person who had killed Meredith. I said I still didn’t know.” In English.
On whether she used drugs:
“Every once in a while, with friends.” In English.