Two months after being acquitted of murder and released from her Italian prison, Amanda Knox has managed to find herself safe at home in Seattle and in the arms of a new boyfriend.
The 24-year-old and her musician boyfriend James Terrano, 24, a classical guitar student at the University of Washington, have only reportedly been dating for a few months. Nonetheless, the couple is allegedly attempting a trial marriage.
Amanda has fallen head over heels in love with James, a source close to the Knox family told the National Enquirer. Their relationship quickly blossomed and now her family wouldn't be at all surprised if they get married in the coming year. The relationship is reportedly now being termed a trial marriage, the source added.
Terrano, one of Knox's old friends, is considered her protector as she continues to adjust outside the confines of prison walls. The two live in a $1,400-a-month apartment above a Chinese restaurant in Seattle's Chinatown.
In November 2007, Knox and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were arrested for the murder of British student Meredith Kercher. Knox shared a home with Kercher while studying abroad in Perugia, Italy. Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively.
A third defendant, Rudy Hermann Guede, was also convicted and sentenced to 16 years; his sentence was upheld by Italy's highest court. Following the Oct. 4 overturning of the guilty verdicts, Guede remains the only person in prison for Kercher's death.
One of the eight jurors responsible for overturning the guilty verdict of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Sollecito, said he never believed they were guilty.
Mauro Chialli, with seven other jurors, ordered that Knox and Sollecito be freed after acquitting them of sexual assault and murder charges.
I saw the faces of these two kids, and they couldn't bluff. They didn't bluff. My point of view is that these kids weren't guilty. They weren't there, Chialli said in an interview with Italy's state-run RAi television.
Saying he spent a lot of time reading the faces of Knox and Sollecito during their 10-month appeals trial, Chialli also said several elements of the prosecution's case did not convince him, chiefly the lack of motive and uncertainties regarding the exact time of Kercher's death, The Daily Mail reported.
What didn't convince me was that in the end, it was an accusation based on so many conjectures, he said. It could have been this way, it could have been that way.