Amy Senser appeals hit-and-run conviction

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Amy Senser's attorney has asked the Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn her vehicular homicide conviction or order a new trial.

The Pioneer Press reports Senser's lawyer, Eric Nelson, argues insufficient evidence and faulty rulings by the judge mean Senser failed to get a fair trial.

The trial leading to Senser's May conviction was scrupulously covered by Minnesota news media. Senser's SUV struck and killed a man who was refilling his car's gas tank on an Interstate 94 exit ramp in August of 2011. Senser, who is the wife of former Vikings star Joe Senser, maintained the death was accidental and that she did not realize she'd struck a person, thinking she may have hit a construction barrier or pothole.

She was sentenced in July to three years and five months in prison and is now an inmate at the state women's prison in Shakopee.

Nelson argues in the 45-page appeal that prosecutors failed to prove Senser knew she'd hit a person, a necessary element in a hit-and-run conviction.

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