Amanda Knox - AP - 3.10.2011
Amanda Knox arriving for an appeal hearing at the Perugia court, central Italy, Monday, Oct. 3, 2011. Photo by AP
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An Italian court ruled Monday evening that Amanda Knox, the young American accused of brutally killing her British roommate four years ago, should be immediately released.

The jury upheld the conviction on the defamation charges -- as Knox had accused club owner Patrick Lumumba of killing British college student Meredith Kercher in 2007 -- but they overturned the murder conviction completely, meaning that Knox is free to go.

The jury has also overturned the murder conviction of Raffaelle Sollecito, Knox's former boyfriend. Once they are processed, the two will be free to leave jail -- reportedly in a matter of hours.

As the young American's family hugged and celebrated inside the courtroom, Knox weakly turned around and smile at them. A lone voice among all the applause was heard yelling: "remember the victim," even as the judge called for silence in the courtroom.

Knox, who was shaking and had to be held up she seemed so overwhelmed by the decision, was quickly led out of the court by police.

Her family, who had arrived in Perugia this week with an empty suitcase, said they intended to take her home to Seattle immediately.

Knox was sentenced to 26 years in prison in December 2009 for her part in the killing of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher after what judges said was a frenzied sex game that spiraled out of control. Her then boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, and another man, Rudy Guede, were also convicted for their roles in the murder.