TODAY   |  September 30, 2013

Raffaele Sollecito: Murder retrial ‘destroying my life’

Amanda Knox’s former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito tells TODAY’ Savannah Guthrie that his life is on hold while he goes on trial a third time for allegedly murdering exchange student Meredith Kercher. He describes the past six years as a “never-ending” nightmare.

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>>> sollecito is with us exclusively and his u.s. attorney joins me in the studio. good morning to both of you.

>> good morning. it's a pleasure to be here.

>> well, it's good to talk to you again. we have talked in the past and i just wondered, you are obviously not in italy this morning. do you plan to attend this trial.

>> yes. i do. i will be back when the trial gets into the core.

>> so you plan to attend and if called to testify, you would testify?

>> if they ask me to testify, i will do that. it's the decision of the court for me to testify or not. i cannot make that decision by myself.

>> what is it like for you to have this all starting over again? prosecutors once again standing up in court and saying that you and amanda knox had something to do with meredith kercher 's murder? how does that feel?

>> it seems to be pretty never ending saga of nightmare. my life is still on hold and i cannot move on. i cannot make plans for my future. i don't see -- actually i don't see any real future for me instead of standing in the trial kind of forever. they destroyed my life once and they are still going to destroy my life in this period as well.

>> amanda has told us she does not plan to go back to italy for the trial. do you agree with that decision? do you understand it?

>> i understand it. and it's her decision. she can make the decision that she wants.

>> i'm always struck raffaelle by the fact that when this all happened you had known amanda just seven days. do you ever think about that? reflect on it? and frankly do you wish you had never crossed paths with her?

>> no, actually, as i told many other times, i never regret it because it's not her fault what is happening. what is happening, it's a big, huge mistake against two human beings . we are innocent and we are fighting for our innocence. it's not our fault to be in this situation. actually, i don't regret to have met her because she had nothing to do with all of this tragedy and me neither.

>> before i let you go, raffaelle, do you fear that you will be sent back to jail?

>> well, i don't know what to expect, actually. i still live in a nightmare. they put me in jail again, they still hold me in jail because actu actually anything else in this trial.

>> well, raffaelle sollecito we will continue to watch it. as i turn to your lawyer here, what happens next? no matter what this court decides, is that it? is it over?

>> there's no finality here. it's going to go back up to the supreme court again and probably back down again too. it's a never ending nightmare.