TODAY   |  April 24, 2013

Amanda Knox: I never thought I’d be a suspect

Amanda Knox is speaking out in a new interview with People magazine about her years in an Italian prison, after she was accused of killing her roommate, and her life now that she has been released and is back in the United States.

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>>> this half hour with amanda knox speaking out about the death of her roommate, the legal drama that followed, and her years spent in an italian prison. it's a case that she says still haunts her today. here's nbc's kristen dahlgren.

>> reporter: it's been a year and a half since amanda knox 's tearful homecoming.

>> what's important for me to say is just thank you to everyone.

>> reporter: since then, she has said little else. but in an interview with "people" magazine on newsstands friday, the now 25-year-old opens up, saying, it never occurred to me that i would be considered a suspect. knox was an exchange student in italy, when her roommate, meredith kercher , was brutally murdered. knox and then boyfriend raffaele sollecito were accused, prosecutors painting knox as a vixen for cuddling with sollecito instead of crying.

>> she says that there were all sorts of moments of heartbreak that we did not see, where she was weeping.

>> reporter: in her new memoir, "waiting t ining to be heard," knox says she wants to set the record straight . she tells "people," i am not a murderer, and describes her anguish during her four years in an italian prison.

>> amanda describes her ordeal as being one where her privacy was invaded, where the guards were leering and touching and in her space.

>> reporter: knox says she considered suicide and credits her family and sollecito with keeping her going. the two aren't together anymore, but she says they are close and talk often. knox is back in seattle, back in school, dating an old friend who wrote her letters in prison. she has no plans to go back to italy for a new trial and says she is often still paralyzed by fear and worries about kercher's family. saying her father thinks i'm the killer of his daughter and that's painful. i really hope they read my book. for "today," kristen dahlgren, nbc news, los angeles .