Murder charge dropped against Amanda Knox

Raffaele Sollecito, center, talks with his lawyers Giulia Bongiorno, left, and Luca Maori just after arriving at the Perugia court for an appeal hearing, central Italy, Friday. / AP photo

SEATTLE (AP) " About a dozen Amanda Knox supporters burst into applause and cheers when they learned the murder charge against the Seattle native was being overturned.

The supporters, from the group called Friends of Amanda, were gathered at a downtown Seattle hotel to watch the proceedings on TV.

They breathlessly waited for the slow translation of the verdict.

When they learned Knox was being freed, they began chanting, "She's free!" and "We did it!"

In its ruling, the court also cleared Knox's co-defendant, Raffaele Sollecito, of murder.

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