Amanda Knox appeals verdict expected at 3:30 p.m.

Amanda Knox arrives for appeal hearing in Perugia, Italy
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(CBS/AP) SEATTLE - The verdict in the Amanda Knox appeal is expected at 3:30 p.m., according to the court in Perugia, Italy.

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A tearful Knox told an appeals court in Italy that accusations that she killed her British roommate are unfair and groundless.

Knox fought back tears as she addressed the court Monday, minutes before the jury went into deliberations to decide whether to uphold her murder conviction.

Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of murdering Meredith Kercher in 2009. Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison while Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Also convicted in separate proceedings was Rudy Hermann Guede, an Ivorian man. Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing.

Knox grew up in Seattle, attending Seattle Prep high school before going to the University of Washington. Her grandmother, uncle and a few other relatives are the only ones who weren't able to make the trip to Perugia to await the appeal verdict, a family friend said.

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