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Antonio Armstrong Jr. to be tried for murder for third time

About a month in the past, a choose declared a mistrial within the second capital murder trial for Armstrong Jr.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Antonio “AJ” Armstrong Jr. will be tried for capital murder for the third time in reference to the deaths of his mother and father, in accordance to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The third trial is anticipated to start on Feb. 24. The subsequent listening to within the case is about for Jan. 4.

“Two people were murdered in the night, each shot in the head as they slept in their own bed; we will continue our fight for justice and we look forward to presenting all the evidence to jurors,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office Communication Director Dane Schiller stated.

Editor’s be aware: The movies on this article are from earlier reviews. Specifically, they’re of a juror speaking concerning the second mistrial.

Armstrong Jr.’s protection legal professional was instructed concerning the new trial on Tuesday. Defense legal professional Rick DeToto points this assertion on the announcement:

“It has been six years, two trials, hundreds of investigative hours, countless witnesses, no evidence and, more importantly, 12 jurors who believed A.J. was not guilty. The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has lost evidence and the Houston Police Department has refused to fully and fairly investigate this case. The District Attorney has sent her best prosecutors with their best arguments and they failed, both times, to convince a jury. All of A.J.’s family supports him and believes in his innocence yet the state continues to persecute A.J. While we are disappointed in the decision, we look forward to presenting the evidence to a third jury proving that A.J. is innocent of this crime. We will not stop fighting for A.J.”

In late October, a choose declared a mistrial within the second capital murder trial of Armstrong Jr. within the 2016 capturing deaths of his mother and father. Jurors deliberated for almost 18 hours however could not agree on a unanimous verdict.

Armstrong Jr. was 16 when prosecutors stated he shot and killed his mother and father, Antonio Armstrong Sr. and Dawn Armstrong, whereas they slept of their Bellaire residence.

Armstrong Jr.’s first trial in 2019 additionally led to a mistrial when jurors could not agree on a verdict.

Defense attorneys stated within the second trial, eight jurors believed Armstrong Jr. was harmless and 4 thought he was responsible. In his first trial, it was the opposite means round with eight jurors believing he was responsible.

KHOU 11 spoke with a juror within the second trial. They stated doubt created by the protection is what led to a hung jury.

“It just got to the point where I couldn’t even talk anymore,” the juror said. “Everyone kind of had their mind made up, but it was very frustrating to hear everyone say — and I mean everyone, say, ‘We know he’s not innocent but we still have doubt.’”

The victims

Armstrong Sr. performed soccer for Texas A&M and the Miami Dolphins and coached each of his sons after they had been youthful.

He was an affiliate pastor, in accordance to police. Dawn Armstrong’s Facebook web page stated they “serve in ministry together.”

The couple owned 1st Class Training in Bellaire and Armstrong Sr. was additionally a motivational speaker.

Family members have continued to assist Antonio Armstrong Jr. all through each of his trials and lots of had been within the courtroom in October when the mistrial was introduced.

Here’s what jurors said after the second mistrial:

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