Hayden Panettiere Roots for Amanda Knox's Freedom

Hayden Panettiere

Portraying Knox in 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy', Panettiere cares about the fate of the convicted murderer and hopes she would be released from jail.

Hayden Panettiere "cares" about the fate of Amanda Knox after portraying her in a TV movie - and hopes the convicted killer is one day released from prison.

The "Heroes" star plays the American student in "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy", which is based on the brutal killing of Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher. Panettiere admits she can't help but "root for" the 23 year old as she appeals against her conviction, and wants to see her freed - whether she's guilty or not.

The actress tells the Los Angeles Times, "I've lived a very different life than her. She went to normal school and worked at a coffee shop and was just going over to Europe, and I grew up acting. But we're both young girls. And I care about her. To a certain degree, guilty or innocent, I want to see her get out and be able to live the rest of her life. She's someone that I root for."

Knox is serving a 26-year sentence in an Italian prison for killing Kercher in 2007 but a jury will meet next month, March 12, after new forensic evidence was discovered.

© AceShowbiz.com

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    hayden hater
    Mar 29, 2011

    she should of played meredith, then saw if she still felt the same

    Feb 22, 2011

    Oh yes, Great role model Hayden! I agree we should all stand behind and "root" for guilty sociopathic murderers!

    Feb 22, 2011

    Amanda Knox is guilty of murder. I can't imagine why Heyden Pantetieri wants to see her free. Because she played the character in a movie? Yeesh.

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