A jury discovered Texas yoga teacher Kaitlin Armstrong responsible of homicide within the deadly capturing of romantic rival Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson.
The jury deliberated for beneath three hours on Thursday earlier than reaching the responsible verdict.
Armstrong, 35, was arrested in June 2022 at a hostel in Costa Rica following a 43-day search and has been detained since then on a $3.5 million bond. She had pleaded not responsible to first-degree homicide in Wilson’s demise.
“Solely Kaitlin Armstrong, the defendant, suits these information that [were] introduced to you thru that witness chair,” Jones stated.
Prosecutors additionally replayed audio on Thursday of the moments Wilson was fatally shot — twice within the head and as soon as within the coronary heart “for good measure,” Jones stated. Additionally they confirmed the jurors footage they stated confirmed Armstrong making an attempt to flee from deputies within the weeks main as much as the trial whereas being transported to an off-site medical appointment.
Jones implored the jurors to not go down the protection’s “rabbit holes.”
Of their closing statements, the protection stated Armstrong was “trapped in a nightmare of circumstantial proof.”
“There may be plenty of sizzle, however there’s not a lot steak,” protection legal professional Rick Cofer stated. “This can be a case primarily based on assumptions; it is primarily based on affirmation bias and an absence of direct proof.”
Protection legal professional Geoffrey Puryear additionally refuted the state’s DNA and ballistics proof and advised jurors Armstrong was free to go away when she flew to Costa Rica days after being interviewed by police about Wilson’s demise.
“These are all indications of guilt, girls and gents,” state legal professional Guillermo Gonzalez advised the jurors. “This is not any individual on a frolic. That is any individual who’s a fugitive and desperately attempting to get away.”
Armstrong declined to testify in the course of the trial.
ABC Information’ Olivia Osteen, Meghan Mariani, Keturah Grey and Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.
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