Lawyer: Woman whose twin died in cliff fall lost ‘soul mate’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES - By Michael Hill

A woman ac­cused of killing her twin sis­ter by driv­ing their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii trav­eled to up­state New York to grieve the loss of her “soul mate,” her lawyer said Fri­day af­ter a brief court ap­pear­ance.

Alexan­dria Du­val ap­peared in court a week af­ter po­lice ar­rested her in Al­bany.

Her lawyer ex­pects that an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing will be held be­fore Du­val re­turns to Hawaii, where a grand jury in­dicted her on a sec­ond-de­gree mur­der charge last month.

Du­val, cuffed and wear­ing a yel­low pri­son jump­suit, was quiet dur­ing a court ap­pear­ance in which she de­clined to waive her right to an ex­tra­di­tion hear­ing. But pub­lic de­fender Ter­ence Kind­lon told re­porters out­side the court­room that she had not been try­ing to evade au­thor­i­ties and did not know there was a sec­ond in­dict­ment against her.

An ini­tial in­dict­ment stem­ming from the fa­tal crash was dis­missed by a judge ear­lier this year.

“She left Hawaii to come back to the states to grieve, not to es­cape from jus­tice,” Kind­lon said.

“She is very dis­traught. Very dis­traught. And I think that if noth­ing else she needs just to reach a greater state of peace with her­self be­cause this has been a ter­ri­ble ex­pe­ri­ence with her. Her sis­ter was her soul mate.”

Au­thor­i­ties say Alexan­dria Du­val was driv­ing an SUV in May with her sis­ter, Anas­ta­sia, in the pas­sen­ger seat when the vehicle crashed into a rock wall and plunged about 200 feet. Au­thor­i­ties have de­scribed a hair-pulling fight over the steer­ing wheel.

The Du­val sis­ters were born Ali­son and Ann Dadow in the Utica, New York, area. Kind­lon said Du­val has fam­ily and friends in the Al­bany area.

The sis­ters op­er­ated pop­u­lar yoga stu­dios in Palm Beach County, Florida, from 2008 to 2014 be­fore they changed their names. They moved to Hawaii in De­cem­ber 2015 from Utah.

Du­val was re­manded back to the county jail af­ter her court ap­pear­ance.

She is due back in court Dec. 16.

MIKE GROLL — THE ASOSCIATED PRESS

Alexan­dria Du­val walks into Al­bany County Court on Fri­day, Nov. 18, 2016, in Al­bany, N.Y. Du­val, ac­cused of killing her twin sis­ter by driv­ing their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii, is fighting her ex­tra­di­tion from New York to face a mur­der charge.

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