Alexandria Duval (nee Alison Dadow) is being accused of killing her twin sister after a car in which both of them drove off a cliff. Alexandria survived the crash with minor injuries; her lawyers are now arguing that the charges against her should be dropped.
According to People, the defense is attempting to argue that testimony given by a detective in a grand jury hearing was incorrect. Duval's lawyers claim that a witness to the crash said that he saw the passenger pulling the driver’s hair with both hands, but a detective testified that the witness had said the passenger had stopped pulling the driver’s hair by the time the vehicle was jolting over the cliff’s edge.
Before the crash, Alexandria and her sister Anastasia Duval (nee Ann Dadow) had owned and operated a chain of yoga studios in Florida. The two had moved and changed their names after going bankrupt.
“They were very well respected here for a while,” said South Florida gossip columnist Jose Lambiet. “But when you get successful, it’s easy to start overspending. This is Palm Beach. Once you start shopping on Worth Avenue, it can get out of control pretty quickly."
This is techinically the second trial Alexandria faces. The first case was thrown out by a judge due to lack of evidence.
“We cross-examined them. They presented their evidence and the judge essentially found that there was not enough evidence to sustain the charge,” Alexandria’s attorney, Todd Eddins, said at the time.
“The sisters had an exceptionally close bond even by identical twin standards. This is a devastating, heart-shattering tragedy for Alison and her family,” Eddins added in June. “We will explore all avenues to combat a charge that, in our view, is extreme and cold-hearted.”