NEW YORK (CBS) Amanda Knox has been cast as the lead in her Italian prison's planned Christmas show - and the director calls her a "formidable soprano," saying it was a "pleasant surprise" when he first heard her voice, according to a report.
This news may not please the family of British exchange student Meredith Kercher, for whose murder Knox is currently serving a 26-year sentence. Kercher's partially nude body, her throat slit, was found in a pool of blood on Nov. 2, 2007, in the apartment she shared with Knox in Perugia.
Music has apparently played a prominent role in Knox's incarceration. In letters to her ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, who is also serving time for Kercher's murder, she told him "music is what saves me, that's what helps get me through prison," according to the Daily Mail.
The American exchange student is due in court next month for the continuing slander case brought against her by the Perugia police department for her claims that she was beaten and intimidated into giving her confession shortly after Kercher's body was found.
Knox's appeal on her conviction is expected to be heard in November; her attorneys have said they will argue that the DNA evidence presented at her trial was flawed.
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