The family and friends of Moriah “Mo” Wilson said they are ready to put the ordeal of the two-week trial of now-convicted murderer Kaitlin Armstrong behind them, having the final word in the proceedings at the sentencing hearing with their victim impact statements.
Caitlin Cash, who was hosting Wilson in Austin, Texas described having to go back to her apartment and live in the scene of the crime, while Wilson’s mother Karen addressed Armstrong to say her actions had caused “a ripple effect of sorrow upon sorrow upon sorrow”.
Wilson’s father Eric appeared to place some blame on Armstrong’s partner Colin Strickland, who had incited her jealousy by having a brief romantic encounter with Mo Wilson the previous year.
Strickland lied to Armstrong on the day of Wilson’s murder, telling her he was ‘delivering flowers’ when he was in fact taking Wilson for a swim and dinner.
In a statement outside the court, Eric Wilson said, “This sad story is a perfect example of why integrity and honesty are crucial in our personal relationships, and how dishonesty can often lead to unintended consequences.
“Selfish manipulation, jealousy and hatred never lead to positive outcomes. Violence is never a good way to solve personal issues. In fact, violence doesn’t solve anything. It only leads to more suffering.”
Eric Wilson finished by stating, “Our lives have changed forever, but with this challenging ordeal behind us we are ready to move forward and continue our healing. We will do this with Moriah’s strong, determined, gentle and kind spirit.”
The testimony of Cash and Karen Wilson bared the heartbreak they had been suffering for 555 days.
Cash described trying to revive an already dead Wilson as the “longest 10 minutes of my entire life”, saying she “assumed that as soon as she was taken to a hospital, that she was going to be OK”.
“It never actually crossed my mind in the chaos of that night, that she wouldn’t be alive. That she would die,” Cash said. “Her mom asked me … if I thought it was quick. And I said yes, I thought it was quick.
“At no point in my life did I think I would ever have to tell someone’s mother that I thought their daughter’s death was quick.
“It has been exhausting showing up every day here in court, listening, watching, reliving every moment from so many different angles. It feels so real all over again. I go home every night to my house after…