Knox defense has final word before deliberations

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FILE PHOTOS COMBO - File photos combo shows, from left; Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, slain 21-year-old British woman Meredith Kercher, her American roommate Amanda Knox. Few international criminal cases have cleaved along national biases as that of American student Amanda Knox, awaiting half world away her third Italian court verdict in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Whatever is decided this week, the protracted legal battle that has grabbed global headlines and polarized trial-watchers in three nations probably won't end in Florence. With the first two trials producing flip-flop guilty-then-innocent verdicts against Knox and her former Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, the case has produced harshly clashing versions of events. A Florence appeals panel designated by Italy's supreme court to address errors in the appeals acquittal is set to deliberate Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, with a verdict expected later in the day. (AP Photo/files)

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — U.S. student Amanda Knox's defense has the final word before a Florence appeals court decides whether she is guilty or not for the 2007 murder of her British roommate.

Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said in rebuttals Thursday that he is "serene" about the verdict because he believes the only conclusion from the case files is "the innocence of Amanda Knox."

Knox is awaiting the verdict in her third trial half a world away in Seattle, where she returned after being acquitted in Meredith Kercher's brutal murder in 2011. Knox's former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito was in court, accompanied by his father and other relatives.

The Florence panel will begin deliberations at the close of the Knox defense rebuttals. A verdict is expected later Thursday.