A yoga teacher whose identical twin sister died after their SUV plunged off a 200-foot cliff in Hawaii on May 29, has been charged with murder.
Police arrested Alexandria Duval at her Maui hotel on Friday, June 3, when they discovered she was attempting to flee the state, the New York Daily News reported. She faces a second-degree murder charge for intentionally causing the death of her sister Anastasia Duval, who was 37 years old.
The real name of the accused is Alison Dadow, while the victim was born Ann Dadow. According to the New York Daily News, they changed their identities after shutting down their co-owned business, Twin Power Yoga, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. They moved to Hawaii in December from Utah.
Lawrence Lau, a chaperone for a Boy Scouts troop in the area at the same time, witnessed the siblings fighting in their Ford Explorer. “I saw a pair of hands jerking the head, pulling the hair,” Lau told KHON2. “There were hands pulling her head down like this, and her head was jerking.”
That’s when Lau says the vehicle began to accelerate, nearly crashing into the Boy Scout van. “You could tell she was very violently swearing at somebody else in the car,” Lau told Hawaii News Now. “She was mad and when she took off, it was in a rage. So she floored it and was in a rage as she sped past us.”
Court records obtained by KHON-2 show that Alexandria made no attempt to brake.
According to KHON2, the twins were arrested for disorderly conduct on December 24 prior to the alleged murder. After posting bail, they did not appear for their hearing. A bench warrant was then issued for their arrest.
Alexandria and her attorney, Todd Eddins appeared in court on Monday, June 6. “Alison did not try to harm herself or the person she most loved and was closest to in the world,” Eddins told reporters after the hearing. “They were in the process of building a business plan and were aspiring to open up studios here. They had an extremely close bond.”