Amanda Knox at Portland Innocence Project event

Amanda Knox was in Portland for an event put on by the Innocence Project, April 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Amanda Knox was in Portland for an event put on by the Innocence Project, April 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Convicted twice and cleared once, Amanda Knox has steadfastly maintained her innocence in the killing of her roommate in Italy.

Now living in Seattle, Knox was in Portland on Friday in support of those wrongly convicted of crimes at an event put on by the Innocence Project of Oregon.

The Oregon Innocence Project said they are the only program in the state to track and investigate inmates’ claims of innocence, test DNA and bring issues to court when necessary.

Knox served four years in an Italian prison after she was convicted of killing Meredith Kercher. But the verdicts were overturned in 2011 and she came home to Seattle.

FILE - From left; Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, slain 21-year-old British woman Meredith Kercher, her American roommate Amanda Knox. 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)
FILE – From left; Italian student Raffaele Sollecito, slain 21-year-old British woman Meredith Kercher, her American roommate Amanda Knox. 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)

However, on January 30, the Italian court reinstated the guilty verdicts first handed down against Knox and Raphael Sollecito in 2009 for Kercher’s death of Meredith Kercher.

Knox told KOIN 6 News she knows the public in both Italy and the US has strong opinions about her, both for and against her, but she now feels inspired from those who share her experience.

At the Innocence Project event, she said, “This is a family. We all understand each other.”

Amanda Knox was in Portland for an event put on by the Innocence Project, April 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Amanda Knox was in Portland for an event put on by the Innocence Project, April 11, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Though not allowed to talk about the current trial, Knox said she is confident and optimistic the evidence will set her free for good.

As for what kept her going while she was in prison?

“You have one life,” she said. You must “fight for yourself.”

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