Amanda Knox Expresses Thanks in Return to U.S.

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Amanda Knox touched down on U.S. soil today for the first time since being acquitted for the murder of Meredith Kercher.

Almost immediately after the controversial trial, the 24-year-old and her family departed Rome in the upper deck of a jetliner en route to the U.S. They arrived at a heavily guarded Seattle airport with her family around 5 p.m. PST.

In a press conference that occurred upon landing, Knox's parents expressed their heartfelt gratitude for everyone for their support while Knox's lawyer, Theodore Simon, reminded the media to keep Meredith in their prayers.

Knox herself took the stand while in an emotional state to deliver her sentiments after the lengthy ordeal.

"I’m really overwhelmed right now," Knox said. "I was looking down from the airplane and it seemed everything wasn’t real. What’s important for me to say is thank you to every one who has believed in me, supported me, and defended my family. My family is the most important thing to me right now and I just want to go and be with them. So thank you for being there for me."