Jury Deliberating in Kaitlin Armstrong’s Murder Trial for Death of Cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson

Kaitlin Armstrong listens to opening arguments.

The murder trial of Kaitlin Armstrong, accused of killing professional cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, has moved to jury deliberation following the conclusion of closing arguments on Thursday. Wilson, aged 25, was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds at a friend’s residence in Austin on May 11, 2022, after meeting Colin Strickland, a professional cyclist and Armstrong’s then-boyfriend.

Armstrong, 35, was apprehended in a Costa Rican hostel in June 2022 after a 43-day manhunt. Detained on a $3.5 million bond, she has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. The trial, spanning two weeks and involving nearly 40 witnesses, saw Travis County prosecutor Rick Jones assert the presence of “overwhelming” evidence against Armstrong, including her vehicle near the crime scene, the use of her firearm in the murder, and her probable DNA on Wilson’s bicycle.

Jones emphasized the gravity of the case, highlighting audio of the shooting and accusing Armstrong of fleeing law enforcement prior to the trial. He urged the jury to focus on the facts presented and not be distracted by the defense’s arguments.

The defense, led by attorney Rick Cofer, argued that Armstrong is ensnared in a web of circumstantial evidence, criticizing the investigation for focusing on her to fit a narrative of a “jealous lover.” Cofer challenged the state’s DNA and ballistics evidence and pointed out that Armstrong was not restricted from traveling to Costa Rica after her initial police interview.

Strickland testified about his and Armstrong’s volatile relationship, adding context to the alleged motive behind the crime. Prosecutors, in their closing remarks, questioned Armstrong’s actions post-homicide, including her use of a false identity and attempts at cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica, suggesting these actions indicated guilt.

Armstrong chose not to testify during the trial. The jury is now tasked with reaching a verdict based on the evidence and arguments presented in this high-profile case.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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