A second-degree murder charge has been dismissed against a yoga instructor accused of killing her identical twin sister by plunging their car off a cliff.
Alexandria Duval, 37, was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer with her sister, Anastasia Duval, as the passenger in Maui on May 29, police said. The car slammed through a rock wall and plunged 200 feet off a seaside cliff, killing Anastasia and leaving Alexandria critically injured.
Witnesses told police that they had seen the sisters fighting before the crash.
The surviving twin was charged with her sister's murder, but on Wednesday, State District Judge Blaine J. Kobayashi ordered she be released, saying that prosecutors had not produced enough evidence to support the charge.
The car crash was the latest twist in the glamorous twins' lives, punctuated by allegedly running yoga studios and then abandoning them, leaving behind unpaid debts and employees, according to local reports.
The sisters left behind a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida, without paying its bills or its employees, according to local reports. They had matching Porsches and shopped at upmarket stores, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.
Another studio they allegedly started in Utah later went bankrupt, and was hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt, a local station reported.
“The success and money got to their heads,” gossip columnist Jose Lambiet told Inside Edition Wednesday. “They started spending a lot of money and I think they fell behind.”
They have a criminal history that includes arrests for public intoxication, driving under the influence, assaulting a peace officer and battery, the Star-Advertiser reported, citing 2014 and 2015 court records from Florida and Utah.
In January, one of them showed up at a homeless shelter asking for money and saying she had nowhere to go, the paper reported.