A judge has acquitted a woman charged with killing her sister in a horrific crash. Alexandria Duval was driving her twin sister Anastasia in an SUV along the waterfall-lined Hana Highway in Maui, Hawaii, when the vehicle plunged over the 200-foot cliff and crashed into the rocky shoreline below. The defense attorney, Birney Bervar, argued that the crash was a terrible accident, while the prosecutors insisted that Alexandria drove off the cliff "intentionally or knowingly".
Witnesses testified that before the crash the twins were arguing and Anastasia was pulling Alexandria's hair.
The twins had changed their names from Alison and Ann Duval.
They had recently relocated to Hawaii from Florida after running a popular yoga studio in Florida called Twin Power Yoga.
After the crash, Alexandria was arrested but released after a judge said there wasn't enough evidence to support a second-degree murder charge. A grand jury in Hawaii later indicted her and she was again arrested and this time formally charged. She waived her right to a jury trial, which seems to have worked in her favor in that Judge Peter Cahill handed down the not guilty verdict on Thursday.
Maui Prosecutor John Kim told the AP that he was disappointed with the verdict and that "facts clearly show it was at least reckless behavior."