(PERUGIA, Italy) -- Amanda Knox told an Italian court on Monday that she was "shocked" when a convicted murderer implicated her in the death of her roommate Meredith Kercher, and said she was sorry she couldn't tell him to his face.
Knox was not allowed to speak until after Rudy Guede left the courtroom. Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter, has been convicted along with Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito in Kercher's murder. His sentence was shortened to 16 years on appeal.
During Guede's appearance at Knox's appeal hearing of her 26-year prison sentence Monday, he refused to answer questions about Kercher's 2007 murder. Guede insisted he was only in court to answer questions about former cellmate Mario Alessi, a convicted criminal who testified last week that Guede told him that Knox and Sollecito were not present at Kercher's murder.
The prosecutor however read a letter in which Guede denied Alessi's claims and indicated that Knox and Sollecito were tied to Kercher's death.
Knox, who is from Seattle, tried to speak, but was told by the judge she would have to wait until Guede finished. Knox watched Guede steadily during his testimony. Guede avoided looking at her.
After Guede left the stand and the courtroom, Knox, speaking in Italian, told the court that the only time she, Sollecito and Guede were in the same room was in a courtroom.
"I am shocked and anguished by these declarations...he knows we weren't there," she told the court.
Knox said she was sorry she couldn't say it to him in court, "that he should say the truth first."
Sollecito, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of the Kercher, an exchange student, also spoke to the court about Guede.
"I've never seen him, don't know him. ...don't know how he indicates me with Amanda Knox," Sollecito said. Sollecito said that he and Knox have been fighting "these shadows" for four years.
Guede has "destroyed our lives," Sollecito said and asked, "What position am I meant to defend if this boy doesn't answer (questions)?"
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