Texas love triangle murder suspect Kaitlin Armstrong pleads not guilty in court

Kaitlin Armstrong, the Texas woman accused of killing a top cyclist in a fit of jealous rage and then fleeing to Costa Rica, pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday.

The hearing began after a delay just after noon CT, and she entered the same plea for both counts of murder and theft of services, according to FOX 7 Austin, which had a reporter present in the courtroom.

Armstrong, 34, is being held in Travis County Jail on $3.5 million bond for murder and robbery, for which she was arraigned on Wednesday.

She has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anna Moriah Wilson, who was staying with a friend in Austin ahead of a bike race in Hico, relatives said.

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Armstrong, a yoga teacher and licensed real estate agent who grew up in Livonia, Michigan, allegedly used the alias “Ari” while hiding in a Costa Rican beach town before Costa Rican police arrested her for an immigration violation on June 29. She had been on the loose for 43 days after Austin police obtained a murder warrant.

Rick Cofer, Armstrong’s attorney, said after the hearing that police have released a public account in the case, but there are other aspects of the story that have yet to be told.

Armstrong allegedly shot Wilson, 25, who was passing by “Mo”, on the night of May 11, 2022, in Austin, Texas. Wilson was shot and killed multiple times in the bathroom of her friend’s home, Austin Police Department officials said. Her friend made the horrific discovery and called 911 shortly before 10 p.m.

Wilson was found “lying on the bathroom floor covered in blood,” the police affidavit states. She was pronounced dead just 14 minutes later.

According to law enforcement documents, police discovered Wilson with two gunshot wounds to the head and another to the chest which investigators believe she suffered ‘after she was already lying on the ground’ .

Police investigators found chipped tiles and a bullet under where she lay. Wilson also suffered cuts under his chin and on his right hand, according to the documents.

Earlier that night, Wilson had dated Armstrong’s longtime boyfriend Colin Strickland. Strickland, who is also a professional cyclist, and Wilson went swimming at the Deep Eddy pool in Austin before eating at the Pool Burger bar and restaurant across the street, officials said. Strickland dropped Wilson off at her friend’s house, where she was staying at the time, and then left.

Investigators said evidence indicates Armstrong followed the pair for at least part of their outing. Home surveillance footage from a nearby residence shows Armstrong’s black Jeep Grand Cherokee – which she later sold – driving past the house moments after Strickland left.

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Armstrong’s Jeep then “appeared to stop next to Wilson’s friend’s residence” just minutes after Strickland left Wilson, officials said.

“CCTV shows Strickland leaving the area after dropping Wilson off and shows Armstrong’s vehicle driving to the East Austin residence where Wilson was staying,” the warrant said.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Armstrong’s home, which she shares with Strickland, and ultimately confirmed that one of the weapons found at Armstrong’s home was the murder weapon: a Sig-Sauer P365 9 mm, APD Homicide Det. Richard Spitler has already said.

Days before the murder warrant was issued, police had questioned Strickland and located Armstrong, who had been arrested on a misdemeanor warrant outside of Travis County from 2018. The warrant stemmed from allegations she had ignored on a Botox bill of $650.

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The warrant gave the police a reason to detain Armstrong, and they questioned her about Wilson’s death. Armstrong reportedly remained “silent and completely still” for the majority of detectives’ interviews with her.

“Armstrong was asked about her vehicle being in the area as shown on the Ring camera. However, she neither confirmed nor denied being in the area of ​​the murder and quickly ended the interview,” said said Spitler.

But she “was later mistakenly released on the misdemeanor warrant” because her date of birth in the department’s records management system did not match the date of birth on the warrant, he said.

The affidavit adds: “When Armstrong was confronted with video evidence of his vehicle, she had no explanation as to why he was in the area and offered no denial of statements made to him. were presented.”

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But when a detective confronted her about how Wilson was with Strickland, she “turned her head and rolled her eyes in anger” before stating that she “had no idea he had seen or even dated this girl… lately,” the affidavit further states.

When a detective suggested that Armstrong might be “upset and fair in the area”, Armstrong reportedly “started nodding his head in agreement”.

Strickland and Wilson dated for “one to two weeks” in October 2021, while he and Armstrong were on a break, he told police. He said his relationship with Wilson turned platonic when he resumed his relationship with Armstrong.

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Strickland, who is also a professional cyclist, reportedly told police he deleted text messages and went so far as to hide Wilson’s name in his phone to prevent Armstrong from blocking “Wilson’s number in Strickland’s phone. “.

“Strickland indicated that while he and Wilson were dating, Armstrong called Wilson on the phone, telling Wilson that she was the one who was dating Strickland,” the affidavit reads.

The document later describes how an anonymous tipster said Armstrong “told Wilson she was with Strickland and should stay away from him.”

Another anonymous caller reportedly told APD that she was with Armstrong in January 2022, when Armstrong “just found out that Strickland was romantically involved with Wilson even though Armstrong and Strickland were still dating.”

“The caller said Armstrong got so angry and was shaking with anger,” the affidavit continues. “Armstrong told the caller that Armstrong was so angry that Armstrong wanted to kill Wilson. Armstrong then told the caller that Armstrong had recently purchased a gun or was going to.”

Strickland reportedly told authorities he purchased the alleged murder weapon for Armstrong.

On May 14, three days before she was wanted for murder, Armstrong flew from Austin Bergstrom International Airport to New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She is believed to have boarded AIBA flight #WN2262 to Houston Hobby Airport at 12:30 p.m. local time and then taken a connecting flight via Southwest Airlines flight #WN30 to New York.

Investigators later revealed that Armstrong “was dropped off at Newark Liberty International Airport on May 18, a day after Austin police obtained a warrant for her arrest.” But his name was not linked to any of the flights departing from Newark airport at the time, Marshals said.

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Last month, Fox News Digital spoke with a camper at a sprawling, secluded property known as “Camp Haven” or “Haven for Humanity” in Livingston Manor, New York. The camper confirmed not only that Armstrong’s sister Christine lived there, but also that Marshals Service officers were there to speak with the sister.

Armstrong sold his black Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was spotted near the crime scene at the time of Wilson’s shooting death on May 13 – a day after she was questioned and released by Texas authorities. She reportedly sold the SUV through a CarMax dealership in Austin and took home a check for $12,200.

Police warrants further reveal that Armstrong had practiced shooting with her sister and had access to at least $450,000.

In addition to the count of murder for which she was originally wanted, Armstrong was federally charged on May 25 with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, but the charge was eventually dropped.

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