Trial begins for woman accused of murdering twin sister on Maui

Trial begins for woman accused of murdering twin sister on Maui
Published: Jan. 29, 2018 at 3:23 PM HST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2018 at 6:04 PM HST
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MAUI (Hawaii News Now) - The trial for a woman who allegedly murdered her twin sister on Maui started on Monday.

Alexandria Duval is accused of deliberately driving off a cliff, killing her identical twin sister, Anastasia.

The two were seen arguing on Hana Highway before the SUV they were in plunged 200 feet over a cliff in May 2016.

"I could see a pair of arms from elbows to hands yanking the head of the driver. The driver's head was being pulled to the side," said witness Lawrence Lau.

In June 2016, a judge found no probable cause and released Duval, but she was later arrested again in Albany, New York after a grand jury indicted her.

"The evidence will show that just before the SUV went off the cliff that there was no braking, that there was hard acceleration, and that there was a hard left turn," said deputy prosecutor Emlyn Higa.

Duval's lawyer, however, called the case a tragic accident.

"The tire marks show the car not taking a sudden left turn, but just running off the road," said defense attorney Birney Bervar. "(There's) certainly a reasonable doubt that there was any criminal behavior whatsoever and my client is not guilty."

The trial will resume on Tuesday. There is no jury since Duval has chosen to have a judge decide her fate.

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