Judge Throws Out Murder Charge Against Hawaii Yoga Instructor Accused in Twin Sister's Death
A second degree murder charge has been dismissed against a Hawaii woman who authorities had said allegedly drove her truck off of a cliff, killing her identical twin sister, according to multiple reports.
A judge on Wednesday ordered the release of 37-year-old Alexandria Duval due to a lack of probable cause. Duval’s sister, Anastasia, died after the truck plunged about 200 feet off of a cliff in Hana, Maui, on May 29.
“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, according to KHON 2.
Police had alleged that Alexandria, who also goes by the name Alison Dadow, may have intentionally caused the death of Anastasia, who also goes by Ann Dadow, when she drove a Ford Explorer off the cliff on the Hana Highway, according to a police statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Anastasia was pronounced dead at the scene. Alexandria was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
Eddins confirmed the initial charge to PEOPLE but said he could not confirm that his client was driving the truck when it went off the cliff.
“The sisters had an exceptionally close bond even by identical twin standards,” Eddins said. “This is a devastating, heart-shattering tragedy for Alison and her family.”
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Eddins vowed then that he would “explore all avenues” to combat the charge that he called “extreme and cold-hearted.”
Although the judge ordered her release, Alexandria is still in custody because of charges stemming from a previous arrest for disorderly conduct, Eddins said, according to the Associated Press.
Eddins said Wednesday that he was working to bail his client out.
Witnesses reported seeing the sisters arguing with each other just before the crash, one prosecutor said, according to the AP. They also reported seeing the truck “accelerate forward and then take a sharp left over the cliff.”
The twin sisters had always been close, working together, living together and even operating a yoga studio together in Palm Beach, Florida, the AP reports.
However, their relationship allegedly became strained after a failed reality TV venture. A series of failed businesses, debts and arguments culminated in the tragic crash.
Eddins said Alexandria hopes to attend her sister’s funeral in upstate New York, the AP reports.