Amanda Knox says it’s “painful” to have acquittal overturned

SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says an Italian court’s verdict overturning her acquittal and ordering a new trial is “painful.”

Knox said in a statement through her spokesman, Dave Marriott, it was “painful” that Italy’s highest criminal court ruled Tuesday that the case of her former roommate’s death must be reheard.

The Seattle native and her Italian ex-boyfriend were accused in the 2007 death of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher. Kercher’s body was found in her bedroom in the house she shared with Knox and other roommates in Perugia, an Italian university town where the two women were exchange students.

Prosecutors alleged Kercher was the victim of a drug-fueled sex game gone awry. Knox and Raffaele Sollecito denied wrongdoing. An Ivory Coast man, Rudy Guede, was convicted of the slaying in a separate proceeding and is serving a 16-year sentence.

Knox says she and her family will “face this continuing legal battle as we always have.”

Italian law cannot compel Knox to return from the U.S. for the new trial. The appellate court hearing the case could declare her in contempt of court but that carries no additional penalties.