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Jury deliberations begin in AJ Armstrong’s murder retrial

Armstrong was 16 when prosecutors stated he shot and killed his mother and father, Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, whereas they slept in their Bellaire dwelling in 2016.

HOUSTON — The destiny of Antonio “AJ” Armstrong Jr. is in the palms of a Harris County jury after each side made their closing arguments in the capital murder retrial on Monday.

Armstrong was 16 when prosecutors stated he shot and killed his mother and father, Antonio and Dawn Armstrong, whereas they slept in their Bellaire dwelling in 2016.

His first trial in 2019 ended with a mistrial as a result of a hung jury.

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On Monday, relations and mates supporting Armstrong packed the downtown Houston courtroom for greater than two and a half hours of closing arguments.

“This case is a parent’s worst nightmare, to come to the realization that the person you brought into this world would end your life,” prosecutor Ryan Trask stated.

Prosecutors stated alarm information and different proof proves that whoever killed Antonio Armstrong Sr. and Dawn Armstrong got here from inside the home. They had been killed with Armstrong Sr.’s gun.

“If officers arrive at that scene with the doors locked, the garage down, the windows closed, the murder weapon still in the home and they don’t assume it’s this defendant, they should take their badges away,” prosecutor John Jordan stated.

Prosecutors additionally stated AJ “test-fired” the identical gun right into a pillow and tried to gentle a fireplace inside the house shortly earlier than the murders.

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“He’s clearly experimenting with ways to kill his parents,” Trask stated.

After the killings, a prosecutor stated AJ gave inconsistent statements to police.

“(Holds up trash can) This is a garbage can. The alarm records are that. (throws them in the bin). Garbage,” protection lawyer Chris Collings stated.

Armstrong’s attorneys stated there is no blood, DNA, fingerprints or gunshot residue linking AJ to the murders.

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“Where are the wet towels, the wet sinks, the wet showers, anything that would show that somebody cleaned themselves off or tried to hide evidence? It’s not there,” Collings stated.

AJ’s protection has cast suspicion on AJ’s older brother, who lived close by, had entry codes to the house and suffered from psychological sickness.

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“When he says he witnessed his parents being murdered, that’s what it means,” protection lawyer Rick Detoto stated.

If convicted, AJ can be sentenced to life in jail and can be eligible for parole after 40 years. He’s not eligible for the loss of life penalty as a result of his age on the time of the crime.

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