November 24, 2009
Posted: 08:42 PM ET
Seattle, Washington (CNN) - When Amanda Knox's parents head to Italy for closing arguments in their daughter's murder trial they'll be carrying a present they hope desperately she can use soon: a plane ticket home.
In that purchase lies one family's entire hope.
Curt Knox and Edda Mellas say their daughter is nothing like the person they've seen depicted before and during her trial.
They grimace at the description prosecutors have used in court: that Amanda Knox was a resentful American so angry with her British roommate Meredith Kercher that she exacted revenge during a twisted sex misadventure at their home two years ago.
Prosecutors say Knox directed then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and another man infatuated with her, Rudy Guede, to hold Kercher down as Knox played with a knife before slashing Kercher's throat.
"She is totally nonviolent, almost a passive person," Mellas told CNN in a joint interview with her former husband.
So passive was Knox, the parents said, that she couldn't even continue a kickboxing class because she felt it was too violent. She was so caring, they said, that she would make her friends stop a car to let a spider out rather than kill it.
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