Alexandria Duval Update: The twin sister was released and the murder charges against her dropped. The Twin Power Yoga instructor was accused of intentionally driving off a cliff and killing her sister, Anastasia Duval. State District Judge Blaine J. Kobayashi ruled the Hawaii prosecutor had not produced enough evidence to support the intentional murder charge levied against Duval, according to a report by NBC News.
A Maui yoga instructor drove off a 200-foot cliff and intentionally killed her twin sister, police in Hawaii claim. Alexandria Duval, who is also known as Alison Dadow, was driving wildly down Hana Highway when she drove her Ford Explorer off a cliff and killed Anastasia Duval, also known as Ann Dadow, according to law enforcement investigators.
Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval, both 37, owned and operated Twin Power Yoga. The twin sisters operated a yoga studio in an upscale area of Palm Beach, Florida, before relocating to Hawaii, the Daily Mail reports.
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Anastasia Duval (Ann Dadow) was pronounced dead at the scene. Alexandria Duval (Alison Dadow) was transported to a local hospital in critical condition after the vehicle she was driving went over the 200-foot cliff and crashed into a rock wall.
The surviving twin sister did not try to hit the brakes before she accelerated and made a sharp left turn to go over the cliff, according to air bag control module readings cited in court documents. For a reason which has not yet been made public, the Twin Power Yoga twin sisters changed their names after moving to Hawaii.
One witness to the Twin Power Yoga sisters’ crash told Maui police the two women were screaming at each other inside the stopped vehicle before Alexandria hit the gas and sped down Hana Highway. The witness also said it appeared Anastasia Duval was pulling Alexandria’s hair during the argument in the Ford Explorer.
“My first thought when she was coming past us was, ‘Don’t hit me, don’t hit me,’ because she was slightly out of control,” witness Lawrence Lau said during an interview with KHON2. “She was doing 40 miles an hour from a dead stop at that point.”
Alexandria Duval has been charged with murder, according to Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa said.
“We had information after she was discharged from the hospital she attempted to fly out of the jurisdiction Wednesday night,” Higa said, noting Duval tried to catch another flight to the mainland on Friday but was arrested before she could board. “All we know is she was trying to leave the state. We were afraid she would try to leave the country as well.”
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Alexandria Duval’s defense attorney, Todd Eddins, staunchly maintains the Twin Power Yoga co-owner was not trying to harm or kill her twin sister. Eddins also said she was not trying to flee the jurisdiction when she bought a plane ticket, but was merely attempting to get home for her sister’s funeral.
“Alison did not try to harm herself or the person she most loved and was closest to in the world,” Todd Eddins told the media after Duval appeared in court earlier this week.
Duval is now being held without bail in a Maui jail.
The Twin Power Yoga sisters are Florida natives, but were living in Utah until December. Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval moved to Hawaii to open up new yoga studios and were reportedly in the process of developing a business plan.
Before closing their Florida Twin Power Yoga studios, the twin sisters were fixtures in Palm Beach. They were reportedly frequently spotted cruising around town in matching Porsches and shopping in high-end stores on Worth Avenue. The Duval twins opened their first yoga studio in Palm Beach Gardens in 2008, and then opened a second location in West Palm Beach three years later.
When they suddenly closed the Florida yoga studios, employees reportedly went unpaid for their final training sessions and customers were not reportedly reimbursed for classes already booked.
The short time they spend in Park City, Utah, was reportedly tainted with both fiscal and legal issues. Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval reportedly filed for bankruptcy at their new studio. While in the state, both were arrested five times for alcohol-related incidents, GossipExtra reports.
Some of the arrests on the twin sisters’ criminal records in Florida and Utah include driving under the influence, fleeing the scene of an accident and driving without insurance, disorderly conduct and public intoxication, assault on a police officer, interference with an arrest, battery, and resisting arrest.
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