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Brittani Senser wraps up testimony, Joe Senser begins

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The third day of the Amy Senser hit-and run-trial -- and the second day of testimony, began with Amy's step-daughter, 28-year-old Brittani Senser, finishing her testimony by expressing how angry she was when she discovered that her family had not told investigators who was driving the Mercedes SUV that struck and killed Anousone Phantavong on Aug. 23.

She told jurors "that my parents wouldn't flat out say it wasn't me."

"For people to think maybe I had killed someone made me angry," she said.

She revealed that she and her fiancé know family members of Anousone Phantavong, which made the entire situation even that much more uncomfortable. While never confronted directly by a member of the Phanthavong family, "I got a phone call from a mutual friend asking if I was the driver."

Brittani is testifying for the prosecution, which may seem like she has a vendetta, but witnesses are compelled by law to testify if they are called. If they refuse, they can also face criminal charges. She never was asked, however, if she was there willingly or not.

Her testimony, though, is part of a case that seeks to show Amy Senser engaged in a pattern of hiding what she had done. Senser says she did not know she hit a person, but the prosecution believes her actions after the fact show that she did know.

"I felt Amy's defense was based on them not finding out who the driver was," Brittani said in court. "Then, it could have been any one of the daughters. If they couldn't figure out who the driver was, they couldn't charge anybody."

Angered by feeling as though this strategy meant she would forever, and unfairly, live under a cloud of suspicion, she told defense attorney Eric Nelson that if they didn't say who was driving, she would. A statement identifying Amy as the driver was released that same day.

At 2:15 on Wednesday, Joe Senser took to the witness stand, saying that although his wife knew she hit something that night, she was "adamant" that it was a construction barrel, not a person.

Joe Senser, a former Minnesota Viking, told jurors that he called Amy after picking up the girls around midnight, and said, "I have the girls and I'm heading home. She said she was lost and was very grateful I had the girls."

Continuing his testimony, Joe Senser said his wife approached him the next morning about the crash.

"She said, 'I think you're going to be mad, but I think I hit a construction barrel,'" he said.

When he took a good look at the damage, Joe Senser said he began to get suspicious, telling her, "This looks like you hit a deer."

"That looked to me -- maybe something else was going on," he admitted.

Joe Senser told jurors his first instinct was to turn on the news and go to the Internet. That's when he saw the story about fatality.

"I said, 'Were you involved? Were you in this area?' She said, 'I exited on that ramp,'" he said.

Yet, when he asked her whether she was sure she it a construction barrel he said she was "adamant" she had.

"I said, 'There was somebody killed here.' She said, 'There's no way that was me,'" Joe Senser testified.

Testimony continued Wednesday with pictures of the damage to Amy Senser's SUV, including blood splatter inside the headlights.

Then began an analysis of her phone records, which show most of the text messages from the day of the crash deleted from her Blackberry, as well as all the messages from the next day, which a BCA expert said was unlikely to have been done by the device on its own.
 

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