In Texas, the murder trial of Kaitlin Armstrong, accused of killing her boyfriend’s love interest Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson, is now in the hands of the jury.
Armstrong, 35, faces murder charges in the May 11, 2022, shooting of Wilson, a pro-cyclist.
Prosecution’s Strong Arguments:
During closing arguments, prosecutors contested Armstrong’s defense, challenging the portrayal of her as a ‘shrinking violet.’
Graphic evidence, including a photo of Armstrong at a gun range, and surveillance footage of the night of the murder, were presented.
Prosecutor Rickey Jones vividly described Wilson’s last moments and emphasized the extensive evidence against Armstrong.
Escape to Costa Rica:
Following Wilson’s murder, Armstrong fled to Costa Rica to avoid charges, utilizing her sister’s passport.
US Marshals eventually located her in a remote beach town, living under aliases with altered features.
Jones highlighted Armstrong’s attempts to escape police custody, framing her actions as evading accountability.
Colin Strickland and ‘Jealous Psycho’ Narrative:
Defense Attorney Rick Cofer countered by labeling Armstrong’s ex-boyfriend, Colin Strickland, as a ‘poster boy for Peter Pan syndrome’ and accused him of being a liar and womanizer.
Cofer argued that Strickland’s past relationships were not disclosed, and Wilson was portrayed as a ‘jealous psycho’ to explain motive.
Lack of DNA Testing:
Cofer brought attention to the lack of DNA testing on critical evidence, suggesting selective presentation by the police.
He argued that the police did not want evidence inconsistent with their case.
Armstrong’s Fear and Unknown Killer:
Addressing Armstrong’s attempts to escape, Cofer portrayed her as ‘terrified’ and suggested she feared for her life.
While maintaining Armstrong’s innocence, he admitted uncertainty about the true killer, asserting that anyone could have entered the unlocked apartment.
Closing Statements and Jury Deliberation:
Armstrong’s Stoic Presence:
Armstrong quietly listened to the proceedings, maintaining a stoic demeanor as she wore a black pantsuit and dark teal blouse.
News reports noted her lack of eye contact upon entering the courtroom.
In a plea to the jury, Armstrong’s lawyer emphasized that “not guilty” doesn’t necessarily equate to innocence, leaving room for interpretation.
As the case was handed over to the jury for deliberation, the courtroom drama surrounding Armstrong’s alleged involvement in Wilson’s death reached a crucial juncture.