An Italian appeals court has begun final deliberations in the trial of US student Amanda Knox over the murder of her British room-mate Meredith Kercher, 21.
Lawyers entered chambers this morning in the absence of Knox who is awaiting the verdict half a world away in her home town of Seattle.
The hearing began with the last round of rebuttals by Knox's defence team closing four months of arguments in the third trial for the brutal 2007 murder.
Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova told the court he is "serene" about the verdict because he believes the only conclusion from the case files is "the innocence of Amanda Knox".
Her co-defendant and ex-boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was in court. A verdict is expected later today.
Knox and Sollecito were first found guilty of murder, then acquitted by an appeals court. Italy's highest court then set aside the acquittal and sent the case back to another appeals tribunal.
Knox chose to remain in Seattle during the third trial, saying she feared a wrongful conviction in Italy.