Alexandria Duval, who was accused of murdering her twin sister by deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii, has been found not guilty.
Hawaii Circuit Judge Peter Cahill declared Duval not guilty on February 1, 2018.
Duval’s defense attorney, Birney Bervar, had argued from the start of the trial that the crash was a disastrous accident, not murder.
“It’s been an extremely emotional ordeal for her,” Bervar said after the verdict. “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.”
Witnesses Saw Anastasia, Alexandria Duval Fighting
Before the fatal crash, witnesses reported seeing the sisters fighting in their SUV. Alexandria Duval was driving on the Hana Highway in Maui while Anastasia was in the passenger seat.
Anastasia was pronounced dead at the scene while Alexandria was admitted to hospital in critical condition.
While announcing his verdict, Cahill cited pieces of hair that were found in Anastasia’s hands after the crash.
“That tells me that in the critical period, the deceased pulled her sister’s hair so hard that she could yank it out of her scalp,” he said. He speculated that the hair pulling was likely what had caused Duval to lose control of the vehicle and drive off a cliff.
Ex-Boyfriend Claims to Have Witnessed Constant Conflict
Keith Weiss, who says he dated Anastasia for more than six months, claims to have witnessed explosive fights between the sisters.
Weiss said, “I once got a call from [Anastasia] saying, ‘Get over here now… I’m going to kill her. She actually started hitting [Alexandria] with the phone. I heard it… thump, thump, thump. They were both screaming at each other.
“I get to their apartment and there’s broken glass everywhere from wine bottles and shattered glasses. There was blood everywhere, and the bedroom door was falling off its hinges.
“Both of them were sitting on the couch when I walked in, and they were like, ‘Hey… how are you doing?’ [Alexandria] had a bruise on her face. I asked them if they were okay, and they were like, ‘We’re good, we’re fine. We’re just watching a movie.’
“Meanwhile, all around them, it’s total destruction. They seemed to not know they wanted to kill each other just minutes earlier.”