Amanda Knox's Christmas wish list is simple: A sketch pad, some food, warm clothes — and freedom.
The American student accused of killing her British roommate is preparing to spend her second Christmas in an Italian jail as she awaits trial for the 2007 killing of Meredith Kercher.
The 21-year-old Knox has been detained for over a year in the picturesque medieval city of Perugia on charges of murder and sexual violence. Her trial, and that of her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, is slated to open Jan. 16, over a month later than originally planned.
"She's disappointed, but seems to be holding up pretty well under the circumstances," Knox's family said in an e-mailed statement to The Associated Press.
Knox is planning to attend an in-jail Christmas Day Mass, the family said.
Even if visitors are not allowed to bring in wrapped presents, Knox's parents are trying to get her "warm sheets, slippers, cold weather underwear, wool socks and a sweater." They said she also asked for some food items and a sketch pad and wishes she was "out of prison."
Knox, a University of Washington student, was on an exchange program in Italy and sharing a flat with Kercher, a 21-year-old student from Leeds University in England, when Kercher was found dead in their apartment Nov. 2, 2007.
In the first conviction in the case, a judge in October sentenced Ivory Coast national Rudy Hermann Guede to 30 years in prison on murder and sexual violence charges. Guede underwent a fast-track trial at his request. Guede, Knox and Sollecito have denied wrongdoing.
Prosecutors allege that Kercher was killed during what began as a sex game, with Sollecito holding her by the shoulders from behind while Knox touched her with the point of a knife. They say Guede tried to sexually assault Kercher, and then Knox fatally stabbed her in the throat.
Prosecutors say Knox's DNA was found on the handle of a knife that might have been used in the slaying, while Kercher's DNA was found on the blade.
The case, and particularly Knox's alleged role, has made headlines in Italy and abroad in part for the light it has shone on the seemingly privileged world of students spending a semester or year abroad studying.