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Alexandria Duval Found Not Guilty of Murdering Twin Sister

The defense won in the bench trial of Alexandria Duval. Hawaii Circuit Judge Peter Cahill found her not guilty in the second-degree murder of sister Anastasia Duval. If convicted, she would’ve faced a possible life sentence.

This court date battle dates back to an May 29, 2016 car crash. The twins were in an SUV that ran off a highway in Maui County, Hawaii, making a 200-foot drop. Prosecutors said that Alexandria Duval, the driver, did it on purpose. In opening statements Monday, her defense lawyer Birney B. Bevar called it a “tragic accident.” The sisters were arguing: Anastasia pulled Alexandria’s hair, leading to the crash.

The Duvals, born Allison Dadow (Alexandria) and Ann Dadow (Anastasia) ran a yoga studio together in Palm Beach County, Florida, but that ended up in financial trouble. The pair filed for bankruptcy in 2014, reporting debts of about $150,000 each, according to Maui News. They also had history facing law enforcement. That same year, they got kicked out of a restaurant, cops said, and their car rode into a ditch. As the outlet put it, “Hair-pulling also was involved.”

Alexandria Duval at first dodged the criminal case in 2016. A judge dropped the count of second-degree murder, citing lack of evidence. Prosecutors persisted, convincing a grand jury to indict the defendant in October of that year.

 

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