SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox says she's grateful "for the life that's been given to me" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Speaking briefly Friday evening to reporters outside her mother's Seattle home, Knox expressed her thanks "for the justice I've received and for the support I've had from everyone."

She described the moment as "full of joy."

In an earlier statement, the 27-year-old woman said that knowing she was innocent gave her "strength in the darkest times of this ordeal."

An appeals court in 2011 cleared Knox in the 2007 slaying of British roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, and ordered her released after she had spent four years in prison. Her acquittal was overturned. She was convicted in absentia in 2014. On Friday, Italy's highest court overturned that murder conviction.

(Story by: The Associated Press)