MISTRIAL TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

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    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...rial-of-Houston-teen-stalls-over-13772169.php
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    Thursday, April 18th:
    *Trial continues (Day 9) (@ 9am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond.
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.

    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru 4 (4/5/19) reference post #124 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/8/19 Day 5: State witnesses: Lucy Tea, a firearms expert & an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Jason Schroeder, trace evidence lab manager at the Harris County Forensic Science Center. DA investigator testified about testing the alarm systems (no name given). Stephen Hill, who was A.J.'s football coach at The Kinkaid School. Theatus Reagins, former Lamar High school football coach. Trial continues on 4/9.
    4/9/19 Day 6: State witnesses: Hannah Pilon, Joshua's (bro of Anthony) former girlfriend. Jason Schroeder, trace lab manager at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science (an expert on gunshot residue). Court isn't scheduled to resume until next week on Tuesday, 4/16.
    4/16/19 Day 7: Jurors were not seated until 2:49 p.m. due to several matters that needed to be discussed between the prosecution & the defense, including a bag of evidence that's apparently missing. Before that hearing, there was another hearing, also without the jury. It dealt with data extracted from Armstrong's mobile devices, including text messages & Google searches.
    State witness: Andrew Martire, former school leader at The Kinkaid School. Court resumes Wednesday 4/17 at 9 a.m. The prosecution is expected to rest its case.

    4/17/19 Day 8: No info yet. Trial continues to 4/18.
     
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    What happened yesterday, 4/17

    Prosecutors: Text messages, emails tell tale of troubled teen in murder trial

    HOUSTON - The relationship between A.J. Armstrong Jr. and his parents grew increasingly harried leading up to the night Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr. were killed, according to text messages and emails revealed Wednesday by prosecutors.
    [.....]
    However, prosecutors argue months of text and email exchanges between Armstrong and his parents weave a web of frustration, disappointment and anger over the teen's grades and apparent dishonesty. Dawn and Armstrong Sr. repeatedly disciplined their son, who was accused of lying multiple times, the messages revealed.

    Prosecutors read excerpts from a stack of records during the testimony of Nathan Gates, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Gates worked to extract data from the mobile devices following the killings.
    [.....]
    Following the testimony regarding text and email exchanges, jurors heard testimony from two to other witnesses: employees of ADT, which owns the alarm system installed in the Armstrong family home.
    [.....]
    Day eight of the capital murder trial wrapped with more witness testimony expected from the prosecution. The defense said Wednesday it was confident it would begin its case Thursday.



    I really hate it when they don't give the witnesses names..... :( If someone finds "who" the other 2 people were from ADT - please post! TIA! :)
     
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    Friday, April 19th:
    *Trial continues (Day 10) (@ 9am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond. Harris County
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.

    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru 4 (4/5/19) reference post #124 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/8/19 Day 5: State witnesses: Lucy Tea, a firearms expert & an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Jason Schroeder, trace evidence lab manager at the Harris County Forensic Science Center. DA investigator testified about testing the alarm systems (no name given). Stephen Hill, who was A.J.'s football coach at The Kinkaid School. Theatus Reagins, former Lamar High school football coach. Trial continues on 4/9.
    4/9/19 Day 6: State witnesses: Hannah Pilon, Joshua's (bro of Anthony) former girlfriend. Jason Schroeder, trace lab manager at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science (an expert on gunshot residue). Court isn't scheduled to resume until next week on Tuesday, 4/16.
    4/16/19 Day 7: Jurors were not seated until 2:49 p.m. due to several matters that needed to be discussed between the prosecution & the defense, including a bag of evidence that's apparently missing. Before that hearing, there was another hearing, also without the jury. It dealt with data extracted from Armstrong's mobile devices, including text messages & Google searches.
    State witness: Andrew Martire, former school leader at The Kinkaid School. Court resumes Wednesday 4/17 at 9 a.m. The prosecution is expected to rest its case.

    4/17/19 Day 8: State witnesses: Nathan Gates, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. From two other witnesses: employees of ADT, which owns the alarm system installed in the Armstrong family home. Trial continues to 4/18.
    4/18/19 Day 9: No info yet. Trial continues to 4/19.


     
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    Monday, April 22nd:
    *Trial continues (Day 10) (@ 9am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond. Harris County
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.

    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru 8 (4/17/19) reference post #146 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/17/19 Day 8: State witnesses: Nathan Gates, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. From two other witnesses: Morgan Harris, ADT Rep. & another employee from ADT. Ana Lopez ME. Trial continues to 4/18.
    4/18/19 Day 9: Prosecution rests their case. The defense opened its case, calling Officer Portia Washington. Jim Parker, electronic security expert. Trial will recess until Monday afternoon 4/22
     
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    Tuesday, April 23rd:
    *Trial continues (Day 11) (@ 9am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond. Harris County
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.
    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru 8 (4/17/19) reference post #146 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/17/19 Day 8: State witnesses: Nathan Gates, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. From two other witnesses: Morgan Harris, ADT Rep. & another employee from ADT. Ana Lopez ME. Trial continues to 4/18.
    4/18/19 Day 9: Prosecution rests their case. The defense opened its case, calling Officer Portia Washington. Jim Parker, electronic security expert. Trial will recess until Monday afternoon 4/22.
    4/22/19 Day 10: No info yet. Trial continues on 4/23.
     
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    For Monday, 4/22:

    Armstrong's relationship with parents 'really good,' girlfriend testifies at murder trial


    HOUSTON - Was Antonio "A.J." Armstrong Jr. capable of doing what the state says he did? Could he have opted one early morning in July 2016 to kill his parents? Those were the questions being asked Monday in his murder trial.

    Not the least bit, testified Kate Ober, Armstrong's girlfriend.


    another article:

    AJ Armstrong's girlfriend grilled over teen defendant's lies


    HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The 10th day of the A.J. Armstrong double murder trial wasn't a daylong affair of previous stages of the proceedings, but there was no shortage of moments that could shift the case.

    In about four hours of court time, jurors heard from a former gym client of the defendant's slain father and A.J.'s girlfriend, who has steadfastly defended him since he was arrested for the July 2016 slayings.

    The defense called up Joanne Oakes to begin testimony Monday afternoon. Oakes told jurors she had known murder victim Antonio Armstrong Sr. for more than two years, having been a client at his First Class Fitness gym. She also attended church with Antonio and his wife Dawn, who was also murdered.
    [.....]
    Kate Ober took the stand for the rest of the afternoon. For 4-and-a-half years, she has had an on-and-off dating relationship with A.J.
    [.....]
    Ober's determined attitude during defense questioning soon changed when the prosecution got to cross-examine. Throughout, prosecutors were trying to paint a picture of A.J.'s deception.
    [.....]
    Oakes and Ober represented the fourth and fifth witnesses of the defense, which began its case last Thursday. Testimony from A.J.'s family members is expected this week.
     
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    Wednesday, April 24th:
    *Trial continues (Day 12-Closing Arguments) (@ 10:30am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond. Harris County
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.
    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru 8 (4/17/19) reference post #146 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/17/19 Day 8: State witnesses: Nathan Gates, an investigator with the Harris County District Attorney's Office. From two other witnesses: Morgan Harris, ADT Rep. & another employee from ADT. Ana Lopez ME. Trial continues to 4/18.
    4/18/19 Day 9: Prosecution rests their case. The defense opened its case, calling Officer Portia Washington. Jim Parker, electronic security expert. Trial will recess until Monday afternoon 4/22.
    4/22/19 Day 10: Defense witnesses: Joanne Oakes, client of First Class Fitness. Kate Ober, AJ's girlfriend. Trial continues on 4/23.
    4/23/19 Day 11: Defense witnesses: Kayra Armstrong, AJ's sister. Renee Winston, AJ's aunt. The defense rested & the prosecution's rebuttal witnesses: a Harris County Sheriff's Office tactical unit supervisor, who explained the inmate phone system. Accompanying the testimony, the prosecution played outgoing phone recordings of A.J. while he was being held in jail in 2017. Kay Winston, AJs' grandmother, who is also Antonio's mother. And another witness, but no mention of "who" it was. Closing arguments are expected to begin Wednesday 4/24 at 10:30 a.m.
     
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    Courtney Fischer Twitter says they'll be streaming closing arguments and verdict live on abc13.com
     
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    Are one of going to post the tweets, so I can read them in the morning? :) It will be already midnight before this gets going for me over here!

    TIA! for someone who does post them!
     
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    Here's the rest of the tweets from yesterday.

    Courtney Fischer
    ‏Verified account @CourtneyABC13
    9h9 hours ago

    Wow. Fireworks in the courtroom during AJ Armstrong closing arguments. Here’s what I’m working on now! #abc13 See you on air at 4, 5, 6. Jury deliberating now....

    Jury went home. Done for the day after three hours of deliberation. Back again tomorrow at 9am! We’ll be there! #abc13

    Two very different versions of what happened inside the Armstrong house the night Antonio Sr. and Dawn were killed. What do you believe? Jury resumes deliberation at 9am tomorrow. #abc13

    DEFENSE: AJ was a normal teen who got caught lying to his parents & smoking pot once in a while. “If you’re going to execute your mom and dad, does common sense tell you there will be a sign of some type of threat…something? Outside of lying to mom about a GF? Think about that.”

    PROSECUTORS: AJ Armstrong planned to murder his parents and practiced when he fired a test shot 2 days prior into his bedroom floor. “Please... do not be manipulated by this master manipulator. Look at the evidence. Look at this practice shot. The defendant is guilty.” #abc13

    The jury is not sequestered. They were dismissed at 5pm and will return to deliberate tomorrow (Thurs) at 9am. We’ll send an #abc13 push alert when they have a verdict!

    link: Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) | Twitter
     
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    Thursday, April 25th:
    *Trial continues (Day 13-VERDICT WATCH) (@ 9am CT) – TX – Antonio & Dawn Armstrong (both 42) (July 29, 2016, Houston) – Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong, Jr. (18/16 @ time of crime) arrested (7/29/16), charged (8/1/16) & arraigned (7/26/17) with capital murder. Plead not guilty. $200K bond. Harris County
    Judge rules teen to stand trial as adult. Posted bond (4/12/17) & released-terms house arrest & to wear GPS ankle monitor; random drug testing.
    Trial started 4/2/19. 7 women & 5 men on jury with 1 woman alternate (Juror #12 excused 4/5/19). Trial scheduled until end of April.
    Trial days 1 (4/2/19) thru Day 11 (4/23/19) reference post #152 here:
    TX - Antonio & Dawn Armstrong, both 42, fatally shot, Houston, 29 July 2016 *Arrest*

    4/24/19 Day 12: Closing arguments. Jury instructions. And Jurors have the case – Verdict watch. Jurors deliberated for about 3 hours. Will continue deliberating on 4/25.
     
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    I haven't seen any updates in tweets....

    Going to bed now - hopefully there will be a verdict when I wake up tomorrow! :)
     
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