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TODAY   |  January 10, 2014

Knox: I will become a fugitive if conviction upheld

Amanda Knox reportedly told an Italian newspaper that if her original murder conviction is upheld, she will become a fugitive, rather than return to prison. Knox and her former boyfriend are being retried in an Italian court for the murder of student Meridith Kercher in 2007. NBC correspondent Keir Simmons reports.

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>> amanda knox has told an italian newspaper if she's again convicted of murder, she will become a fugitive rather than return to an italian prison. in london with the details. good morning.

>> good morning. amanda knox made these comments in a newspaper interview from seattle while an italian court is hearing the closing arguments of her retrial for murder.

>> reporter: jailed for murder in 2009 , amanda knox cried tears of relief when her conviction was finally overturned.

>> thank you for being there for me. now, she's suggested she will not leave her home in seattle even if an italian court finds her guilty again. what will you do if they sentence you, an italian newspaper asked her. in that case, i will become, what do you call it, a fugitive, she reportedly replied. last year on "today," matt asked her if she would go back if she was convicted.

>> i was already in prison as an innocent person in italy. and i can't reconcile the choice to go back with that experience.

>> reporter: her co-accused, former boyfriend is in the italian court for the retrial convinced they will be acquitted of the murder of british student meredith kercher . what little dna evidence there was to tie the pair to the killing was later found to be the result of contamination. amanda knox says one day she would like to visit meredith kercher 's family. so far, they have made clear they would not welcome that, still believing she was involved in their daughter's murder. now, this morning in a statement, amanda knox clarifies what she said. she says if she was convicted, if she was, legally i will be defined as a fugitive, but i will continue to fight for my innocence, adding i will not willingly submit myself to injustice.