Alexandria Duval was acquitted of the second-murder of her twin sister on Prosecutors accused her of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii to intentionally kill her business partner and identical twin Anastasia in 2016. On Thursday, she wiped tears from her eyes as the judge read her verdict. Alexandria decided to have a judge, not a jury, decide her fate.
Birney Bervar, Alexandria’s defense attorney, told The Maui News, "It's been an extremely emotional ordeal for her. You can't imagine losing your twin sister in that kind of catastrophic, tragic accident, then being charged with causing the death of your sister, which she didn't. She's extremely relieved."
Prosecuting Attorney J.D. Kim was a little less thrilled, telling the Associated Press that, "I'm disappointed. The facts clearly show it was at least reckless behavior."
Both twins were 38 at the time of the crash when an SUV carrying the sisters went off a 200-foot cliff. They were witnessed fighting just minutes before the crash. One witness claims to have seen the twins “screaming and arguing with each other” and said that the “passenger was pulling at the driver’s hair and the steering wheel” before the crash. According to KHON2, investigators found “no attempts of braking based on witness accounts, roadway debris at the scene, and the vehicle’s airbag control module.”
Alexandria survived with minor injuries and has been charged twice with killing her sister. Initially, the case was dismissed due to lack of a probable cause. However, she was later indicted on a second-degree murder charge.
According to a People, investigators strongly believed the crash was intentional and that the plunge was orchestrated as a result of years of failed businesses and deep debt between the siblings. They had made a name for themselves as yoga instructors in Florida but ended up changing their names while later living in Utah, according to the report.