PERUGIA, Italy An appeals court jury on Monday overturned the murder convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the killing of her roommate Meredith Kercher four years ago.

Knox, 24, collapsed in tears after the jury declared that the evidence against the two was not reliable. Both she and her ex-boyfriend were then taken back to prison where they were to be formally freed.

The Kercher family looked on grimly as the verdict was read out by the judge after 11 hours of deliberations by the eight-member jury.

Outside the courthouse, some of the hundreds of observers shouted "Shame, shame!"

The victim's sister, Stephanie Kercher, who was in Perugia with her mother and brother for the verdict, lamented that her sister "has been nearly forgotten."

"We want to keep her memory alive," she said after the verdict.

As Knox waited for the verdict to be read, she appeared tense leaning forward in her chair, and panting and wincing between exchanges with her lawyer. A dark cloak draped around her, she put her hands to her face several times.
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