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Woman Who Murdered Elite Cyclist Handed 9 Decades Behind Bars

Kaitlin Armstrong popped Moriah Wilson

Emotions ran high as Kaitlin Armstrong, a 35-year-old woman faced the verdict that would seal her fate. A jury in Austin, Texas, after two intense hours of deliberation following a two-week trial, convicted Armstrong of the murder of Moriah “Mo” Wilson, a 25-year-old competitive cyclist.

As the verdict echoed through the courtroom, no visible reaction crossed Armstrong’s face. It was a moment, a stark contrast to the emotional gravity of the trial that unfolded over the preceding weeks.

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The courtroom drama culminated on Friday, with Armstrong receiving a 90-year prison sentence. The air was thick with tension as this sentence, a consequence of her alleged act of fatally shooting Wilson was handed down.

The narrative that unfolded during the trial painted a tragic picture: Armstrong, driven by perceptions of romantic rivalry, popped the life of Wilson in May 2022 after reading a meet-up text message between her boyfriend Colin Strickland and her.

Moriah “Mo” Wilson, a 25-year-old competitive cyclist popped by Kaitlin Armstrong.
Moriah “Mo” Wilson, a 25-year-old competitive cyclist popped by Kaitlin Armstrong.

Attempting to escape justice, Armstrong fled to Costa Rica, underwent plastic surgery to her nose, changed her hair style and color and tried to establish a new life as a yoga instructor before being captured and brought back to the United States the following month, investigators said.

Throughout the trial, Armstrong maintained her silence, choosing not to testify in her own defense. The absence of her voice added a layer of mystery and intensity to the courtroom proceedings.

In a dramatic twist during closing arguments, Armstrong’s defense team led by Rick Cofer and Geoffrey Puryear, vehemently asserted her innocence. Cofer posed a haunting question to the jury, “Who killed Moriah Wilson?” This inquiry lingered in the courtroom leaving an unsettling uncertainty.

Puryear, in a passionate plea accused the prosecution of having tunnel vision, suggesting they failed to explore other potential suspects. Describing Armstrong’s flight to Costa Rica as a “fight or flight” response, he painted a narrative of desperation.

However, the prosecution represented by Guillermo Gonzalez countered with conviction. In a powerful rebuttal, Gonzalez urged the jurors to draw a single conclusion from the evidence presented. Despite the defense’s claims, he argued that all signs pointed to Armstrong as the perpetrator.

“This was not a momentary action, this was someone who thought and had time to calculate and meditate about what she was about to do,” ADA Guillermo Gonzalez told jurors on Friday. “All of this is because of her, because of her actions.”


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The courtroom became a battleground of narratives, emotions and the weight of a tragic event. As the gavel fell and Armstrong was sentenced to a lengthy prison term, the emotional echoes of the trial lingered, leaving Wilson’s family in pain and a community grappling with the aftermath of a senseless act.

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