Prosecutors urge judge to uphold Senser verdict

6:02 PM, May 24, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Hennepin County prosecutors have filed a motion to dismiss a defense effort to throw out convictions against Amy Senser.

In the motion filed on Thursday, prosecutors state a note left by the jury was not legally significant and is not grounds for a new trial. They added that the jury instructions were proper and clearly outlined that Senser should have stopped if she knew she'd hit a person or car.  They also stated that the evidence supports the verdict and proves that Amy should have known she hit something, given the damage to her own vehicle and the sounds of the crash itself.

On May 3, Senser was convicted on two counts of felony criminal vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong.  Days later, the judge released a note the jury had sent to the judge saying they believed Amy believed she hit a vehicle not a person.

A judge will decide on the defense motion to dismiss the convictions at a hearing next Thursday.

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