A murder trial began Monday for a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii 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 on the island of Maui 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.