Happy Valentine’s Day: Amanda Knox Gets Engaged

Antonio Canalli/AP
Antonio Canalli/AP

Amanda Knox, the American at the center of an Italian murder trial that gripped the world, got engaged to her musician boyfriend last week.

Knox, 27, is engaged to marry Brooklyn-based musician Colin “Thunderstrike” Sutherland, according to the New York Daily News.

Knox gained international notoriety after she was convicted, along with ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, after Kercher was found brutally stabbed to death in the apartment they shared while Knox was studying abroad.

The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011, but both Knox and Sollecito were re-convicted last year after prosecutors won yet another appeal. The highest court in Italy, the Court of Cassation, will decide on March 25 whether Knox must return to Italy to stand trial again, according to the Seattle Times.

Sutherland recently moved to Seattle to be closer to Knox, who reportedly works as a freelance writer for the West Seattle Herald. According to the Daily News, Sutherland, a self-described ghost hunter, recently raised funds on Indiegogo for The Haunted Life, a series about “ghosts, music, storytelling and travel.”

Knox’s family has previously said that there is “no way” Knox would ever return to Italy.