Woman accused of killing twin sister in car crash fights extradition

Woman accused of killing twin sister in car crash fights extradition
(Image: Tom Johnson)
(Image: Tom Johnson)
(Image: Alexandria Duval/Facebook)
(Image: Alexandria Duval/Facebook)

Albany, New York - The woman who's accused of killing her twin sister by driving the SUV they were in off a 200-foot Maui cliff is fighting extradition to Hawaii.

Alexandria Duval, 38, appeared in a New York courtroom Friday for an extradition hearing.

Her attorneys are expected to argue the case against her is weak.

A grand jury indicted Duval for second-degree murder in the death of her twin sister, Anastasia, in October. A warrant was issued for her arrest, and she was subsequently arrested in New York.

Witnesses said they saw the twins fighting in their vehicle in the moments before their SUV plunged off a 200-foot cliff along Hana Highway in East Maui. The SUV was going nearly 50 mph.

According to court documents, the SUV accelerated, made a sharp turn into a rock wall, and showed no signs of braking.

Anastasia Duval died in the crash and Alexandria was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while she was trying to catch a flight to New York just three days later. But in June, a Maui judge dropped the murder charge against Duval due to insufficient evidence. Duval was then released.

Duval's New York attorney, Terry Kindlon, says his client returned to the mainland to "grieve, not to escape from justice."

"After she left it appears that the district attorney out there in Hawaii is familiar with that principle which is, a grand jury can indict a ham sandwich and that's exactly what's happened here," Kindlon said.

Honolulu attorney Victor Bakke talked to the family earlier this year and he agrees with Duval's attorney, saying the case was weak to begin with.

"From what we've seen so far, it was just an accident," Bakke said. "They were fighting in the car and they accidentally went over the cliff."

Bakke added that Duval had every right to leave Hawaii when she did.

He also said that challenging extradition will take months and be costly for taxpayers.

"Hawaii will have to fight a trial case up there on the extradition and hire lawyers up and there and then pay for any fees and costs that will be incurred in bringing her back," Bakke said.

Duval's next court hearing is scheduled for Dec. 16.

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