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Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, Published May 01 2012

Defense: Ex-Vikings' wife judged because of fame

MINNEAPOLIS — The attorney for a woman charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident in Minneapolis says prosecutors tried to make an example of her because she and her husband, a former Minnesota Vikings player, are public figures.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson used his closing argument Tuesday to accuse prosecutors of rushing to judge Amy Senser. The jury is now deliberating three vehicular manslaughter against her.

Senser is charged in an accident last August that killed Anousone Phanthavong as he filled his car with gas near a freeway exit ramp. The wife of former Vikings tight end Joe Senser testified that she didn't know she had struck someone.

Prosecutor Deborah Russell argued that evidence showed Senser knew she hit Phanthavong, was probably drunk and concealed evidence by deleting cellphone text messages.


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