Amanda Knox, brought into court in handcuffs, denied participating in the stabbing of Meredith Kercher, The Telegraph reported. She apologized for making accusations against another suspect, Patrick Lumumba, who owns a bar in Perugia.
"I confirm I am innocent," she told the court in a tearful statement. "I am sorry for Patrick and for the whole situation."
Kercher, a student at the University of Leeds who was spending a year studying in Perugia, was stabbed in the bedroom of a house she shared with Knox and two other women. Postal police found the body after tracing a lost cell phone to the address and also found Knox there with her boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, a student from Bari.
Knox, a native of Seattle, is a student at the University of Washington.
While Knox and Sollecito remain in jail, Lumumba has been released. A fourth suspect, Rudy Hermann Guede of the Ivory Coast, was arrested in Germany.