Prosecutor: Senser told daughter she was drinking

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A Hennepin County prosecutor says the wife of a former Minnesota Vikings player told her daughter she had been drinking before she struck and killed a man on an interstate ramp.

Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Deborah Russell made the comment during arguments Monday to dismiss a third charge of criminal vehicular homicide against Amy Senser. Prosecutors recently added the charge, but the defense argued there isn't enough evidence to support it.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press ( ) reports Russell's comment is the first time the state has said a family member claimed Senser talked about drinking the night Anousone Phanthavong (ah-NOO'-sahn PAN'-tah-wong) was killed last August while filling his gas tank with fuel on the ramp.

The defendant, who's married to Joe Senser, is scheduled to go on trial Monday.

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