A judge in Hawaii has dismissed a murder charge against a former yoga studio owner who was accused of intentionally driving off a cliff in a car crash that killed her identical twin sister.
Alexandria Duval was released by district judge Blaine Kobayashi on Wednesday after he determined prosecutors did not have enough evidence to support the charge, according to NBC News. Anastasia Duval was pronounced dead at the scene on May 29 near Hana Highway in Hawaii after Alexandria allegedly drove the SUV-style vehicle off the road, causing it to fall 200 feet down a cliff. The case has drawn international attention.
Witnesses described an argument between the two prior to the crash, according to a KHON2. The air-bag control module showed the brakes on the vehicle were not used before the car accelerated, according to a KNHL report, citing probable cause documents.
“That evidence leads to many alternative conclusions, and I believe the judge found that they [prosecutors] didn’t submit evidence to support their theory," Todd Eddins, Alexandria Duval's attorney, told KHON2. Eddins said that an alternative theory, which is that Anastasia grabbed the wheel and caused the fatal crash, is just as likely as the government's theory that Alexandria caused it.
The sisters, also known as Alison and Ann Dadow, ran Twin Power yoga studios in Palm Beach County, Florida, from 2008 to 2014 before closing and opening a yoga studio in Park City, Utah, in 2014, according to The Associated Press. The two were once approached by reality television producers who wanted to feature them on a show, according to the Palm Beach Post.
The sisters changed their names and filed for bankruptcy around the time they moved to Utah in 2014, according to multiple media reports. They moved to Maui in December 2015 after run-ins with Utah law enforcement and planned to open yoga studios there, according to The Associated Press.
Anastasia Duval's boyfriend, Federico Bailey, told The Maui News that the sisters had been fighting and drinking on the day of the crash. He had been on a camping trip with the sisters.
"She [Anastasia Duval] never trusted her sister, [but] she loved her sister," Bailey said.