Trial Day 5: Prosecution Rests in Amy Senser Trial, Defense Monday

Updated: 04/30/2012 2:32 PM KSTP.com By: Lauren Radomski

After calling 24 witnesses, the prosecution has rested its case in the Amy Senser trial. Before the weekend break, the defense called one witness to the stand.

Senser is accused of hitting 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong in Minneapolis and leaving the scene.

Senser is expected to testify in her own defense and could do so as soon as Monday. Jurors could get the case the following day.

On Friday before he dismissed the jury for the weekend, Hennepin County District Court Judge Daniel Mabley advised jurors to start bringing an overnight bag to court on Tuesday, since he said he plans to sequester the jury once deliberations begin.

Senser's 15-year-old daughter, Molly, took the stand Friday.

KSTP reporter Mark Albert says that during testimony, Amy Senser’s daughter said she asked Amy if had been drinking that night. Amy told her she “had a sip of something,” but wasn’t drunk. The liquid is unknown.  

Later, under questioning by her mom's attorney, Molly Senser added, "I know she wasn't drunk."

On Thursday, Senser's 14-year-old daughter, Hannah, broke into tears several times as she testified.

Prosecutor Deborah Russell asked Hannah, “Your mom has never said to you what she was doing the night of Aug. 23?” Hannah said no. Russell then asked, “Have you ever asked her?” Hannah again answered no and said “I guess I never really wanted to know.”

A former friend of Hannah Senser also testified Thursday, saying that Hannah thought her mother had been drinking the night of the crash. The friend acknowledged not having seen Amy Senser drinking that night.

Amy Senser’s husband, former Vikings player Joe Senser, was on the stand for the second day Thursday. He was asked if his wife had affairs. He said he never asked her if she had an affair with another man and previously testified that his wife has never lied to him in their 22 years of marriage.

Amy Senser was supposed to pick up her daughters from a concert in St. Paul the night of the incident, but she never did. When asked about that behavior, Joe Senser described his wife as being “fiercely independent.”

The high profile case is now getting national attention. Good Morning America's report focused on the face-off between Amy Senser and her stepdaughter Brittani Senser.

The report described Brittani Senser as an aspiring reality TV star and singer. On the stand Wednesday she emotionally detailed how she forced her stepmother to admit to the crime. She said she was angry after media reports linked her to the accident.

But, defense lawyers told jurors Brittani was really angry the hit-and-run had hurt her career, saying she was more upset about losing a charity singing gig.

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