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As the retrial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito began Monday in Italy, Sollecito said his life remains in limbo until Italian authorities drop the charges against them both once and for all.
“It seems to be a pretty never-ending saga of a nightmare," Sollecito, Knox's former boyfriend, told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie on Monday. "My life is still on hold and I cannot move on. I cannot make plans for my future. I don’t see any real future for me instead of standing in the trial, kind of forever.”
An Italian court in Florence took up the case against Sollecito and Knox for a third time on Monday. The pair is accused of murdering Meredith Kercher, Knox’s British roommate in 2007, while the two women were students in Italy. Knox and Sollecito were convicted in 2009 and spent nearly four years in an Italian prison. They were later acquitted on appeal and released in 2011.
In March of this year, however, the Italian Supreme Court ordered a new trial, rejecting the appeals court ruling.
“I still live in a nightmare,” said Sollecito, 29. “They put me in jail again. Even if I’m outside, they still hold me in jail because I cannot think of anything else but this trial.”
In a May 17 interview with TODAY, Sollecito explained why he didn't cut a deal with prosecutors — despite pressure from family — and implicate Knox in an effort to be released.
"I did it because I know it’s the truth," he said at the time. "It’s the good thing to do. It’s the only way for me.”
Unlike Knox, now a 26-year-old college student in Seattle who has no plans to return to Italy, Sollecito, an Italian citizen, said he will head back to Italy and attend the trial. He said he also will testify if called to do so, even though the case continues to “destroy" his life.
"I was already imprisoned as an innocent person in Italy, and I can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience," she told Matt Lauer in her first TV interview. "It's not a possibility, as I was imprisoned as an innocent person and I just can't relive that."
On Monday, Guthrie asked Sollecito if he ever regretted crossing paths with Knox.
“I never regret it because it’s not her fault,” he said. “What is happening is a big huge mistake against two human beings. We are innocent and we are fighting for our innocence. It’s not her fault to be in this situation."
Sollecito said he holds no ill-will toward Knox, whom he had only met a week before Kercher was killed.
“Actually, I don’t regret to have met her because she has nothing to do with all this tragedy and me neither,” he said.
Sollecito’s American lawyer, John Q. Kelly, said he expects his client’s legal battle to continue indefinitely.
“You’re not going to see any finality here regardless of what this appellate court decides. It’s going to go back up to the Supreme Court again and probably back down again, too,” he told Guthrie. “It’s going to be a never-ending fight.”