Prosecutors said there was ample evidence to convict Amy Senser in the hit-and-run death of immigrant chef Anousone Phanthavong, including testimony that she deleted text messages after a deadly crash, gave away clothes she had been wearing and dyed her hair.
Senser, 46, the wife of former Minnesota Viking and now restaurateur Joe Senser, was convicted in May 2012. She is currently serving a three-year, five-month sentence.
The Pioneer Press reports that Hennepin County prosecutors filed a 53-page brief with the state Court of Appeals on Monday in response to the defense appeal of the case. The state argued that Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mobley ruled correctly when he refused to move the trial out of the county, allowed expert testimony on the Edina woman's history of headaches and admitted evidence that there was cocaine in the victim's system.
"Not only did (Senser) flee the scene of this collision, she took pains to cover up her involvement," said the brief by Lee Barry of the Hennepin County attorney's office.
Attorneys for Senser contended the trial judge made errors that justified a dismissal of the charges or a new trial. Senser's lawyers have 15 days to reply to the prosecution brief, and the appeals court will then schedule oral arguments.