Amy Senser's lawyer will seek to overturn conviction Wednesday


Amy Senser's lawyers will step before a three-judge panel of the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday in an effort to overturn her felony criminal vehicular homicide convictions.

Senser, 46, about nine months into a 41-month sentence at Shakopee women's correctional facility, won't be in court, the Star Tribune reports.

The wife of former Minnesota Viking Joe Senser, was sentenced in a widely publicized hit-and-run case. Anousone Phanthavong, 38, was hit and killed after his car stalled on an exit ramp of Interstate 94 in August 2011. Senser had argued that she did not know she had hit someone.

Senser lawyer Eric Nelson is expected to argue that there had been a lack of evidence that Senser knew she struck a person, the Star Tribune reports. He'll also argue that legal mistakes were made and there were abuses of discretion by the judge during her April 2012 trial in Hennepin County, the Star Tribune reports. One example: Senser's team says the court erred in suppressing evidence that Phanthavong had cocaine in his system when he was killed.

One legal observer told the Star Tribune it is "pretty tough" for a defense team to overturn a jury's guilty verdict.

Prosecutors have argued there was plenty of evidence to support the guilty verdict.

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