Cliff plunge trial starts for twin accused of killing twin

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Cliff plunge trial starts for twin accused of killing twin
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2016 file photo, Alexandria Duval walks into Albany County Court in Albany, N.Y. A murder trial is underway for Duval, accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister. Duval's defense attorney Birney Bervar says in his opening statement Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 in Wailuku, Hawaii, the crash was a tragic accident. Bervar says there's reasonable doubt of any criminal behavior. A judge instead of a jury is hearing testimony and is expected to reach a verdict this week. Authorities described the 2016 crash as a hair-pulling fight over the steering wheel. Anastasia Duval died, and her sister was arrested. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — A murder trial is underway for a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister.

Alexandria Duval’s defense attorney Birney Bervar said in his opening statement Monday the crash was a tragic accident. Bervar says there’s reasonable doubt of any criminal behavior.

A judge instead of a jury is hearing testimony and is expected to reach a verdict this week.

Authorities described the 2016 crash as a hair-pulling fight over the steering wheel. Anastasia Duval died, and her sister was arrested.

Maui resident Chad Smith testified that while the women were passing him on a narrow highway he could see them arguing. Smith says he couldn’t hear anything but the women looked angry.

Honolulu news station KITV is streaming the trial online.