October 03, 2011 2:15pm PT by Marisa Guthrie
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The broadcast networks broke into regular daytime programming on Monday to announce the long-awaited verdict in the Amanda Knox case.
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Diane Sawyer anchored a special report from ABC News headquarters in New York, while Elizabeth Vargas reported from Perugia, Italy.
NBC News’ Lester Holt delivered the news from outside the courthouse in Perugia. CBS News also interrupted regular programming, with Bob Scheiffer reporting the verdict.
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Knox, an exchange student from Washington, and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted by an Italian court of the 2007 murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. But her conviction was thrown out by an appeals court. Knox broke down in tears when the verdict was read.
The case has already generated widespread media attention and a Lifetime movie starring Hayden Panettiere as Knox.
Knox was whisked from the courtroom and Italian authorities told reporters there that her release would be expedited to that she could return to the United States.