Twin Charged with Sister’s Murder – 6 Months After Allegedly Plunging Their Car Off Cliff in Hawaii
Duval is accused of killing her twin, Anastasia, by driving their SUV 200 feet off a cliff in Hana, Maui
A Hawaii woman who was allegedly behind the wheel of a truck that plunged off a cliff, killing her identical twin sister, has been arrested in New York state and charged for the second time with murder after being cleared in June.
According to a statement by New York state police, 37-year-old Alexandria Duval (née Alison Dadow) was tracked down and taken into custody Friday in Albany, New York, after Hawaiian authorities issued a murder warrant. The Maui News reports the warrant for Duval’s arrest was issued last month when a grand jury in Maui County, Hawaii, indicted her on a second-degree murder charge and set bail at $3 million.
According to the police statement, Duval was found inside an Albany residence but allegedly attempted to flee from police. However, she was arrested and as of Friday was awaiting extradition back to Hawaii in a New York jail, the statement says.
She will not enter a plea until she is extradited. Her attorney, Todd Eddins, could not immediately be reached for comment.
He previously told PEOPLE her sister’s death was “a devastating, heart-shattering tragedy for Alison and her family.” He called the previous murder accusation “extreme and cold-hearted” and declined to confirm if Duval was driving the vehicle during the fatal crash.
Duval is accused of killing her twin, Anastasia, by driving their SUV 200 feet off a cliff in Hana, Maui, on May 29. Witnesses reported seeing the sisters arguing with each other, with the passenger pulling the driver’s hair, officials alleged, according to the Associated Press.
Witnesses also said that they saw the vehicle allegedly “accelerate forward and then take a sharp left over the cliff,” one prosecutor said.
Duval, who was also in the car as it went off the edge, suffered minor injuries, the Maui News reports.
Duval was arrested in August on an aggravated driving while intoxicated charge and other traffic violations in New York. She spent three weeks in jail for the incident, according to ABC News.
The twins formerly owned and operated two popular yoga students in Palm Beach County, Florida, before changing their names.