PALM BEACH GARDENS — Additional information about the struggle and death of one of the “Yoga Twin” sisters who operated the Twin Power Yoga Studios in Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach, continues to emerge during an unbelievable murder trial.
Alexandria Duval (formerly Alison Dadow) is presently on trial for the murder of her twin, Anastasia Duval (formerly Ann Dadow), via driving the car they both occupied over a cliff in Hawaii.
Duval, 39, is pleading not guilty and has maintained that Anastasia’s death was a tragic accident, though testimony Tuesday is suggesting otherwise.
Maui police Sergeant Lawrence Becraft investigated the accident scene along Maui’s Hana Highway and testified that the tire marks found there were from Duval “fishtailing and accelerating” in their 2016 Ford Explorer and also from a dramatic left turn taken over the cliff.
“When I saw the tire marks, I immediately saw these were not made via braking,” Becraft stated. “These marks were from a tire that was rolling and side-slipping.”
Technical data from the car’s restraint-control module seems to bear this out, indicating that the vehicle was traveling at approximately 40 miles per hours before briefly accelerating to 48.3 with—per Becraft—”no braking and accelerating all the way to the floor.”
The same technical date also supports a drastic turn to the left from the steering wheel.
Anastasia, who was in the passenger seat, was killed by the 200-foot drop off the cliff, though Alexandria miraculously survived.
The sisters left their businesses in Florida in 2014 after various debt crises and alleged failure to pay employees. They drifted for a bit before landing in Hawaii in 2015, where they began using their new names.
The pair have a history of fighting, and were seen struggling with one another in their SUV by Maui resident Chad Smith just before the accident; Smith had to swerve out of the sisters’ path.
A friend of the sisters, Federico Bailey, also testified about their violent relationship.
“They fought like men,” Bailey told the court. “They punched each other. They fought like soldiers. It seemed like they had some martial-arts training. They know how to fight, and they used their techniques on each other.”
Previously, Keith Weiss, a Florida chef who was formerly in a relationship with Anastasia, had a similar story to tell.
“There was just so much drama,” Weiss recounted. “I remember this one time, the three of us were at the mall, and Anastasia smacked Alexandria in the back of the head. They raged.”
Alexandria, whom Bailey recounted as “flirting with him” shortly after the accident, has not seemed terribly distressed by her sister’s demise.
The judge will likely make the ultimate ruling on the second-degree murder case this week.