UPDATE: An Italian appeals court has overturned the murder conviction of Amanda Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito. Read more here (http://bit.ly/mZNkd0)
PERUGIA, Italy -- Jurors have reached a verdict in the appeals trial of American student Amanda Knox.
The verdict is expected to be read at 2:30 p.m. CST (1930 GMT), according to the court in Perugia, Italy.
A tearful Knox addressed the court Monday before her appeals trial went to the jury.
Knox was convicted of murdering British college student Meredith Kercher in 2009.
Speaking fluent Italian, the 24-year-old student from Seattle insisted she is not guilty of any crime.
In a voice breaking with emotion, Knox said, "I don't want my life taken away from because I am innocent."
Choking back tears Knox said she is paying with her life for something she didn't do.
Her co-defendant and former boyfriend also spoke to the judge and jury.
Raffaele Sollecito said he had been living in a nightmare. In slow measured tones, he declared he had nothing to do with the murder of Knox's roommate. He described Knox as sweet, beautiful and shining.
Both defendant denied knowing Rudy Guede, the African drifter also convicted of the murder and sexual assault of Meredith Kercher, an exchange student from England.
On Monday, in a final plea from Knox's defense lawyer, he repeated that there is no evidence his client had anything to do with the crime.
Stay with KJRH.com as more information becomes available.
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