Trial starts for woman charged with killing twin

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

WAILUKU, Maui — A mur­der trial be­gan Mon­day for a woman ac­cused of de­lib­er­ately driv­ing off a cliff on Maui and killing her iden­ti­cal twin sis­ter.

The 2016 crash was a tragic ac­ci­dent, Alexan­dria Du­val’s de­fense at­tor­ney, Bir­ney Ber­var, said in his open­ing state­ment. There’s rea­son­able doubt of any crim­i­nal be­hav­ior, he said.

Author­i­ties de­scribed the 2016 crash as a hair-pulling fight over the steer­ing wheel. The sis­ters, who were 38 at the time, were seen ar­gu­ing on the nar­row, wind­ing Hana High­way be­fore their SUV plunged 200 feet over a cliff.

Anas­ta­sia Du­val was in the pas­sen­ger seat and was killed, and her sis­ter, Alexan­dria Du­val, was ar­rested. A judge later or­dered Alexan­dria Du­val re­leased af­ter find­ing no prob­a­ble cause for a mur­der charge.

She trav­eled to up­state New York and was ar­rested again months later in Al­bany af­ter a grand jury in­dicted her.

Du­val opted to have a judge in­stead of a jury de­cide the case. The judge is ex­pected to reach a ver­dict this week.

Maui res­i­dent Chad Smith tes­ti­fied that while the women were pass­ing him on the high­way he could see them ar­gu­ing. Smith, who was headed to a church, said he couldn’t hear any­thing but the women looked an­gry. He had to swerve out of their way, he said.

The sis­ters, born Ali­son and Ann Dadow in the Utica, N.Y., area, op­er­ated pop­u­lar yoga stu­dios in Florida be­fore they changed their names. They moved to Hawaii in 2015 from Utah.

Du­val isn’t ex­pected to tes­tify, Ber­var said.

ALEXAN­DRIA DU­VAL

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