Published: Oct 03, 2011 8:52 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 03, 2011 9:38 PM EDT

PERUGIA, Italy (AP) - An Italian appeals court has thrown out Amanda Knox's murder conviction and ordered the young American free after nearly four years in prison for the death of her British roommate.
    
Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict was read out Monday.

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