Nightly News   |  March 26, 2013

Amanda Knox ‘shocked’ over retrial

An Italian court has decided American college student Amanda Knox, who has already been acquitted of murder, will be retried for the murder of Meredith Kercher. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> a stunning legal decision in rome today is reverberating in this country tonight. italy 's highest court has decided to retry american college student amanda knox for the murder of her roommate more than five years ago. even though knox had already been acquitted of the crime. michelle kosinski has our report tonight from rome .

>> reporter: the italian court's decision came as a surprise, to retry amanda knox for murder.

>> she's shocked, very sad. she thought this was the end of her nightmare. but she's also very strong, in the sense that she's willing to fight again.

>> reporter: in a statement, knox called the ruling painful. the prosecution's theorys un founded, unfair. my family and i will face this continuing legal battle confident in the truth. knox , now 25 lives back home in seattle. a student at the university of washington , with a book coming out. living in italy in 2007 she and then boyfriend were convicted of murdering her roommate meredith kerchner. knox spent nearly four years in jail, until the conviction was overturned on appeal. prosecutors appealed that acquittal, saying the court has essentially brushed aside all the evidence, dna, witness statements. the judges haven't yet spelled out why exactly they sided with prosecutors. the case will go to an appeals court for retrial, which could take years. with a new verdict not expected until 2016 . this morning on "today" knox 's lawyer was exasperated.

>> there was no evidence before, and there is no evidence now.

>> reporter: you know people are criticizing the italian legal system saying, is there something wrong with it?

>> no, this is the way the italian legal system works. the supreme court is called to judge on matters of law, and this is exactly what it's done.

>> reporter: knox will likely be tried in absentia. if convicted italy could ask the u.s. to extradite her, but it's not likely the u.s. would. it has refused in other cases. meredith kercher 's family says they welcome retrial to "find out the truth." still fiercely debated six years later. michelle kosinski , nbc news, rome .