Alexandria Duval will not face murder charges for allegedly intentionally driving off a cliff and killing her twin sister. Anastasia Duval was pronounced dead at the scene along Hana Highway in Maui. A Hawaii judge ruled the prosecution had not presented enough evidence to warrant a murder charge against the surviving Duval and ordered the twin sister released from custody.
Anastasia Duval and Alexandria Duval had moved to Maui in December to open a new yoga studio. The 37-year-old twin sisters had owned and operated two highly successful Twin Power Yoga studios in an upscale area of Palm Beach, Florida, NBC News notes.
Alexandria Duval was charged with murder and placed in custody after the fatal crash late last month, according to Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa.
“We had information after she was discharged from the hospital she attempted to fly out of the jurisdiction Wednesday night,” Higa said when making an argument for keeping the surviving twin sister behind bars until trial.
Duval missed a flight out of Maui and had reportedly booked another flight for later the same day. Her attorney said Alexandria was not attempting to flee the jurisdiction but merely wanted to fly home to attend Anastasia’s funeral.
Both Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval legally changed their names when relocating to Hawaii, the Daily Mail reports. Alexandria, now known as Alison Dadow, and Anastasia, also known as Ann Dadow, changed their names to foster a “fresh start” and for business liability” reasons, according to Duval’s defense attorney Todd Eddins.
Alexandria Duval was allegedly driving erratically down the scenic Maui highway after being spotted by a witness fighting with her twin sister.
Alexandria Duval was driving the Ford Explorer and her sister was a passenger, only the surviving twin sister was wearing a seat belt when the SUV plummeted down a 200-foot cliff on May 29. Although Alexandria was critically injured in the fatal crash on the Hana Highway, she was able to walk into court for the murder charges hearing.
Ann Dadow was not trying to harm “the person she most loved and was closest to in the world,” Eddins told the media before the murder charges were dropped.
KHNL reports the airbag in Duval’s Ford Explorer boasted a control module which functions in a similar manner as the black box in a plane. The control module reportedly revealed Alison Dadow had accelerated and did not hit the breaks before the vehicle went over the cliff.
A witness to the crash of the twin sisters told Maui law enforcement investigators that both women were yelling at each other and some hair pulling took place before the SUV sped away and ultimately went over the cliff. Anastasia Duval may have been pulling the hair of Alexandria, according to the witness.
“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 told KHON2. “She was doing 40 miles an hour from a dead stop at that point.”
The Twin Power Yoga owners moved from Florida to Utah late last year. Before relocating West, Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval were popular socialites in Palm Beach. They were often reportedly spotted cruising around in matching Porsches and shopping at high-end boutiques.
The Duval twins opened their first yoga studio in Palm Beach Gardens in 2008 and then opened another studio in the area three years later.
“It seemed like a downward spiral of events that didn’t make any sense,” Dalia Soles, former Twin Power Yoga manager, told reporters. “They have a lot of people that love them. They were really fun. They have a lot of energy — bubbly, really personable.”
One day staff and patrons arrived at the studio and merely saw a closed sign on the door, and the twin sisters were gone. Workers reportedly went unpaid and customers were not reimbursed for classes already booked.
The twin sisters only spent a short time in Park City, Utah, before moving to Maui. They reportedly experienced both legal and financial struggles while in the western state. Alexandria Duval and Anastasia Duval reportedly filed for bankruptcy at their new Park City yoga studio. The Twin Power Yoga owners have been arrested multiple times for alcohol-related incidents, according to a Gossip Extra report.
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