PERUGIA, Italy - Amanda Knox has appeared in an Italian court for the first time since her murder conviction to face slander charges for saying she was beaten during questioning over the death of her roommate.
The 22-year-old former University of Washington student from Seattle wore a shorter haircut in Tuesday’s preliminary hearing behind closed doors in Perugia, in central Italy.
Knox has said she was beaten by police during questioning over the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher. Police have denied misconduct and filed the charges, saying Knox’s comments were slanderous.
Tuesday’s hearing was largely devoted to technicalities and quickly adjourned.
“Amanda is doing pretty good,” Knox’s stepfather, Chris Mellas, told reporters. “She is looking forward actually to being able once again to put forward her side of the case and kind of defend herself.”
Knox’s attorney, Luciano Ghirga, said Tuesday that any defendant should be granted the right to defend oneself in court without the risk of facing slander accusations.