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Associated Press, Published May 02 2012

Jury to resume deliberations in Senser hit-and-run case

MINNEAPOLIS — Jurors are expected to resume deliberations Wednesday morning in the vehicular homicide trial of Amy Senser, the wife of a former Minnesota Viking.

The jury must answer the crucial questions of whether Senser knew she had struck and killed a stalled motorist on a freeway exit ramp last August — and when she knew it.

Prosecutor Deborah Russell told the jurors in closing arguments Tuesday that the evidence proves Senser had to have known she hit Anousone Phanthavong (ah-NOO'-sahn PAN'-tah-wong), was probably drunk, concealed evidence and failed to notify authorities about the fatal accident.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson accuses prosecutors of rushing to judgment because Senser and her husband, Joe, are well known in the community.

Senser is charged with three felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and careless driving.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.