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Joe Senser: Wife spent time in 'Amy World'

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Joe and Amy Senser walk to their car outside of the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis Joe and Amy Senser walk to their car outside of the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis
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Joe Senser gave the last of his testimony Thursday morning in the hit-and-run trial of his wife, Amy Senser.

The former Minnesota Vikings tight end was asked more about his wife's behavior on the night of Aug. 23, when she wasn't at the Xcel Energy Center to pick up the girls from a concert.

He said that's in her nature to behave unpredictably -- what he calls "Amy World" -- so he didn't think much of it. Senser said he was simply angry she failed to pick the girls up.

"That's Margaret," he said of Amy, adding he figured she may have chosen to do something else.

Joe Senser said he saw a substance on the damaged Mercedes SUV that struck and killed Anousone Phantavong, but didn't recognize it as blood. He admitted he was "extremely" confused looking at the extent of the damage -- that it did not at all match up with hitting a construction cone or barrel.

During Wednesday's testimony, Joe said although his wife knew she hit something that night, she was "adamant" that it was a construction barrel, not a person. When he took a look at the damage, he told her it looked more like she hit a deer.

Testimony continued Thursday afternoon with a longtime friend of the family, and it revealed an odd telephone call the night of the crash that no doubt left jurors puzzled.

Sandra Delgahausen, who met Joe when he befriended her son at a charity event years ago, says they socialize with the Sensers about once or twice a month.

She said it was after midnight on August 24th when her phone woke her up. It was Molly Senser, the 15-year-old daughter of Joe and Amy who Amy had failed to pick up at a concert in St. Paul that night. And Molly was not happy.

"She asked me if I was with her mom that night," testified Delgahausen.

Delgahausen said she told Molly Senser that she had not been, and told jurors that Molly Senser told her to stay away from Amy.

The questioning moved on from there, leaving a lot of questions about that call still unanswered; however, on cross examination, defense attorney Eric Nelson asked if she was confused by that call.

"Partially, because I was sleepy," Delgahausen answered.

Delgahausen said the confusion prompted her to send a text to Joe Senser to ask if Molly was OK, but she said she never got an explanation about why Molly would want her to stay away from her mother.

Molly Senser is expected to take the stand later.

Molly's younger sister, 14-year-old Hannah Senser, took the stand on Thursday to say that she had called her mother after the concert while still at the Xcel Energy Center. She said the phone connected, but she was never actually able to talk to her mother.

Hannah Senser testified that her mother never told her what happened that night -- and she never asked because she never wanted to know.

Also on Thursday, jurors heard from Sgt. Dan Beasley, of the Minnesota State Patrol, who analyzed the data from the Mercedes SUV GPS system. Amy Senser says she drove around the Riverside area for an hour after the crash because she was lost and could not find her way back to the Xcel Energy Center to pick up her daughters and their friends.

At no time was the Xcel Energy Center picked as a destination point in the GPS. Nor was the Senser home, which she returned to without incident, Beasley said.

So far, 22 witnesses have taken the stand in three days of testimony. The prosecutor's possible witness list has 42 names on it, but it's unlikely they will all be called. In the coming days, Amy Senser is expected to take the stand in her own defense.

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