A yoga teacher was discovered not responsible on Thursday of killing her twin sister in a deadly automobile crash in Hawaii.
Decide Peter Cahill acquitted Alexandria Duval of second diploma homicide within the 2016 dying of her sister Anastasia Duval.
Alexandria Duval was driving down a slender winding freeway with Anastasia within the passenger seat when their SUV plunged 200 toes over a cliff.
Anastasia died on the scene, whereas Alexandria sustained minor accidents.
Whereas the twins ran a well-liked yoga studio collectively and drove matching Porsches, witnesses informed the courtroom their relationship was a turbulent one.
Anastasia’s boyfriend Federico Bailey mentioned the twins continuously attacked one another and threw punches as they “fought like troopers.”
And witnesses who noticed the SUV shortly earlier than the crash mentioned the passenger was pulling the driving force’s hair.
Whereas prosecutors mentioned Alexandria deliberately tried to harm or kill her twin, the protection argued the crash was a tragic accident.
Wayne Slagle, an accident reconstructionist and engineer who was referred to as to the stand as a protection witness, mentioned, “I believe that is according to any person looking for the brake and never in a position to do it.”
“It’s not according to any person 5 seconds earlier than, and even 4 seconds earlier than, attempting to place it to the ground, attempting to go over a cliff or rock wall,” he added.
Bailey paid tribute to his girlfriend lower than two months after her dying and wrote on Fb, “Might the world uncover he fact of what occurred to you…”
He testified on Tuesday, saying he was on a tenting journey with the twins when one other one in all their violent fights broke out.
At one level, Alexandria mentioned she was driving her sister to the toilet up the hill, however the two disappeared for 4 hours.
They returned and spoke to Bailey, earlier than disappearing once more when he was within the rest room.
With the twins nonetheless gone the subsequent morning, Bailey hitchhiked again to his residence, the place Alexandria turned up shortly after to ship information of the crash.
She didn’t have any solutions when he inquired about what occurred.
As a substitute, she placed on her deceased sister’s gown and wished him to assist wash her hair, Bailey mentioned.
“She was flirting with me, and she or he was cuddling on me,” he mentioned.
Maui County Prosecuting Lawyer J.D. Kim mentioned he was disenchanted with the decision.“The information clearly present it was not less than reckless habits,” he mentioned.
Alexandria left the courtroom with out commenting, though her protection lawyer informed the Maui Information, “It’s been a particularly emotional ordeal for her.”
“You possibly can’t think about dropping your twin sister in that form of catastrophic, tragic accident, then being charged with inflicting the dying of your sister, which she didn’t. She’s extraordinarily relieved,” he added.