A 35-year-old lady has been discovered responsible of murdering her love rival in a jealous rage.
Kaitlin Armstrong was convicted of capturing lifeless Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, 25, after the skilled bicycle owner went swimming and had a meal and rum drinks along with her boyfriend earlier that night.
Armstrong used health app Strava to trace Wilson down to an condo in Austin, Texas – the place she shot her twice within the head and as soon as within the coronary heart earlier than fleeing the scene.
At the time of the homicide in May 2022, the killer was in a relationship with one other skilled bicycle owner, Colin Strickland.
The pair had been collectively for about three years earlier than a interval of separation – throughout which Strickland had a quick relationship with Wilson.
Armstrong and Strickland then acquired again collectively, however she remained jealous of her rival and had known as Wilson warning her to “stay away”.
Two of Armstrong’s pals stated she instructed them she needed to, or might, kill Wilson, jurors had been instructed.
Wilson had been visiting Texas for a biking race and was among the many favourites to win. She had been staying with a buddy when she was killed.
Following the homicide, police managed to briefly interview Armstrong. But she then bought her Jeep and fled to Costa Rica utilizing her sister’s passport.
Once overseas, she spent greater than $6,000 (£4,850) having surgical procedure to alter the looks of her nostril, in addition to altering the color and elegance of her hair.
But she was ultimately arrested at a beachside hostel after 43 days on the run.
Armstrong made a second try to evade justice when she tried to flee authorities throughout a medical appointment exterior jail final month. She faces a separate felony escape cost.
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Jurors deliberated for about two hours after two weeks of testimony earlier than delivering their verdict on Thursday.
Earlier, Wilson’s buddy Caitlin Cash had instructed the court docket she found her physique and tried to carry out CPR.
She instructed jurors she had texted Wilson’s mom earlier that day with a message: “Your girl is in safe hands here in Austin.”
“I felt a lot of guilt not being able to protect her,” Ms Cash stated. “I fought for her with everything I had.”
Wilson’s mom, Karen Wilson, additionally instructed the court docket: “From the day she was born, she had a force in her.
“She lived as if daily was her final day. And she lived it so absolutely. She by no means wasted any time… It’s as if she knew her life can be brief.”
Armstrong, a yoga trainer, didn’t testify on her personal behalf in the course of the trial, which heard her Jeep was seen close to the condo on the time of Wilson’s homicide.
Bullet casings discovered close to Wilson’s physique additionally matched a gun Armstrong owned.
She denied homicide and her legal professionals claimed she was the sufferer of a “nightmare” of circumstantial proof.
Armstrong faces as much as 99 years in jail.
The jury within the case has begun deliberating on what her sentence might be and are set to return to court docket in a while Friday.