Kaitlin Armstrong, who is facing charges in the murder of professional cyclist Moriah “Mo” Wilson, is alleged to have tracked Wilson’s Strava activity and intercepted her car near the Austin apartment where Wilson was residing.
During his opening statements on Wednesday, prosecutor Rickey Jones stated, “The final moments of Mo’s life were marked by sheer terror, and you will hear her screams.” Prosecutors claim that Armstrong proceeded to shoot Wilson three times, including a fatal shot to her heart.
First-degree murder charge
Armstrong has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder charge. Additionally, Armstrong faces a federal charge for unlawfully fleeing to evade prosecution. Following Wilson’s death, she promptly fled to Costa Rica and remained at large for more than 40 days. Eventually, she was apprehended in Costa Rica and extradited to the United States in July 2022 to answer for these charges.
In the weeks leading up to the trial, Armstrong made an escape attempt while in custody during a medical appointment, leading to an extra felony charge for escape causing bodily injury.
Over a year since murder of Moriah Wilson
More than a year has passed since the murder. Wilson was killed on May 11, following which Armstrong promptly departed for Costa Rica. On May 17, 2022, a homicide warrant was issued for Armstrong. This warrant was founded on video surveillance footage depicting a Jeep similar to hers in the vicinity where Wilson’s body was found. Prior to her departure from the country, Armstrong sold that Jeep at a reduced price.
If found guilty, Armstrong could potentially face a prison sentence of up to 99 years. Prosecutors have chosen not to pursue the death penalty in this case.
Tracking Colin Strickland’s messages
Prosecutors allege that Armstrong had the ability to access Strickland’s messages through a laptop in their shared residence. It is believed that she could have ascertained Wilson’s whereabouts by analyzing data from Wilson’s bike ride earlier that day, which had been posted on Strava.
Later in the evening, security cameras positioned near the apartment where Wilson was residing captured the sound of her screams.
“Those screams were followed by ‘Pop! Pop!’” Jones said. “Two gunshots.”
Bullet casings match Kaitlin Armstrong’s gun
According to Jones, the casings from those gunshots have been identified as a match for Armstrong’s 9 mm Sig Sauer handgun. Prosecutors also pointed out that…