(PERUGIA, Italy) -- American student Amanda Knox was indicted for a second time by an Italian court Monday, this time for allegedly slandering Italian police for saying they were abusive when they interrogated her for the murder of her roommate.
Knox, who was convicted last year of murdering Meredith Kercher and sentenced to 26 years in prison, stood up in court and made what Italian legal officials call a "spontaneous statement" before the judge's ruling.
"I have always tried to defend myself. I never wanted to offend or slander anyone," Knox said in Italian.
Nevertheless, preliminary hearing Judge Claudia Matteini indicted Knox, 23, for slander.
The charge refers to Knox's testimony during her murder trial that Italian police were rough with her when they interrogated her overnight just days after Kercher's body was found in a pool of blood in the house they shared. She claimed the officers yelled at her, discouraged her from calling a lawyer and cuffed the back of her head. The 12 officers named in the slander complaint have denied being abusive to Knox.
At the end of the long interrogation, Knox signed a statement in which she said she had a confused dream-like recollection of being in the house and hearing Kercher scream, effectively placing her on the scene of the crime.
Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova said Knox was "saddened" by the decision.
Another lawyer for Knox, Maria Del Grosso, told reporters Monday that "for Amanda this (interrogation) was the genesis for her homicide accusation. She is very frustrated and obviously disappointed, but she knows that today's was only a preliminary hearing and the truth was not ascertained today. Let's hope it is when the case is debated because there was something that went wrong that night."
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