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Woman released on bail in cliff crash that killed twin Woman released on bail in cliff crash that killed twin
  • Alexandria Duval is charged with murdering her twin sister by driving off a cliff
  • The crash happened in Hawaii in May last year and Alexandria fled the island 
  • She returned to her native New York but was charged and extradited to Hawaii 
  • Alexandria, 38, suffered minor injuries in the crash but sister Anastasia died 

A woman charged with murdering her twin sister by purposely driving a car off a 200-foot cliff has been released on bail.

Alexandria Duval, 38, was being held on a $3 million bail in the death of her sister, Anastasia, before a judge decided Thursday to allow her to post a reduced $2 million bond or $200,000 in cash for release which her father paid.

Duval, who has pleaded not guilty in the case, is alleged to have driven her Ford Explorer off a cliff while driving down Maui's Hana Highway in Hawaii with non-identical sister Anastasia on May 29 2016. 

 Alexandria Duval (above) made her first appearance in an Albany, New York in November

Alexandria Duval (above) made her first appearance in an Albany, New York in November

The 38-year-old fled the island for her native New York when initial charges against her were dropped last summer as investigators couldn't prove she was behind the wheel during the crash.

However the case was reignited by Hawaiian authorities in October and a month later Alexandria was arrested in Albany, New York state, but only after a frantic two week manhunt. 

She was taken into custody by police to face a charge of second degree murder and was extradited to Maui on December 16 for a court hearing despite winning an October appeal to delay extradition.

On her prison exit 2nd Circuit Judge Peter Cahill told the suspect that she cannot leave the island. 

He said:  'You may not even go to the airport terminals to pick anybody up. If you have family members coming here, they must make their own arrangements.'

Duval was also ordered to report for supervision as well as random drug and alcohol testing within 24 hours of her release on bail, Maui News reported. 

 Anastasia (left) and Duval (right) were arguing inside their SUV moments before the crash in Maui, Hawaii, witnesses said 

Anastasia (left) and Duval (right) were arguing inside their SUV moments before the crash in Maui, Hawaii, witnesses said 

 The twins' SUV (pictured after the crash) accelerated and took a sharp left over the cliff, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa said after Duval's first arrestok

The twins' SUV (pictured after the crash) accelerated and took a sharp left over the cliff, Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa said after Duval's first arrestok

Attorney Todd Eddins had said his client's father, Dr. John Dadow, was to contribute up to $250,000 for the cash bail.

'He has never been contacted by the prosecutors,' Eddins said. 'He is supportive of his daughter here, to the extent he is willing to post $200,000 to $250,000 cash bail.'

Deputy Prosecutor Emlyn Higa had argued that Duval should also be required to post the $2 million bail bond.

Higa said Dadow 'doesn't have the same kind of motivation as the bond company to make sure she will be present for trial.'

 Alexandria is airlifted to safety after the crash 

Alexandria is airlifted to safety after the crash 

Alexandria and her sister had only recently moved to Hawaii when on May 29 the two were seen by eyewitnesses arguing in their Ford Explorer while driving down Maui's Hana Highway.

One woman, who had been cleaning a gravesite on the side of the road, said she also saw the passenger pulling the driver's hair in the vehicle while also attempting to get control of the steering wheel.

 A grand jury in Maui, Hawaii indicted her on a charge of second-degree murder in October 

A grand jury in Maui, Hawaii indicted her on a charge of second-degree murder in October 

Soon after the vehicle took a sharp left and crashed into a rock wall before hurtling down 200 feet onto a large rock in the ocean.

Alexandria suffered only minor injuries in the crash while her sister Anastasia was pronounced dead on the scene.

Alexandria tried to leave the island at least twice just after the crash and before she was officially charged in June, but missed both flights.

Back in New York she found herself in trouble with the law once again, with police arresting her in August after she almost hit a squad car while driving with a blood alcohol content of .26 percent.

She pleaded not guilty to driving while intoxicated in September.

The Duval sisters had spent their entire lives together, moving to Palm Beach where they opened a yoga studio in 2008 before closing shop and moving to Utah in 2014.

The two then moved to Hawaii in December of last year. Soon after they arrived the two were both arrested for disorderly conduct on Christmas Eve. 


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