The state Court of Appeals this week takes up the case of Amy Senser, wife of former Viking Joe Senser, who was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide last year.
Senser's attorney Eric Nelson claims the court made several errors in the original trial which took place nearly a year ago. In his legal brief Nelson argues the judge should have sequestered the jury throughout the whole trial and he says the judge should have allowed him to present evidence that Senser's victim, 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong, had drugs in his system at the time of the crash.
Phanthavong was standing by his car on an off ramp in Minneapolis in August of 2011, when Senser hit him and didn't stop. Senser claimed she didn't see Phanthavong, but says she felt a thump on impact and thought she'd hit a construction cone. She was convicted of two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide and sentenced to 41 months in prison.
Senser has been incarcerated since she was sentenced in July of last year.