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AJ Armstrong trial: Man accused of killing parents Dawn, Antonio Armstrong at age 16 in Bellaire faces trial in October 2022!



Houston, Texas (KTRK) – a. c. Armstrong, who is accused of killing his parents when he was 16, is set to face trial again on October 3, according to his defense attorney.

AJ, now a 22-year-old father, has been in judicial limbo for three years since the trial was declared invalid in 2019 when a jury was unable to reach a verdict.

Due to the backlog of court work, his trial date in 2020 has been postponed twice.

In 2016, Don and Antonio Armstrong Sr. were murdered at their home in southwest Houston.

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AJ, who was 16 at the time, called 911, reporting that an intruder had shot his parents.

Investigators said the couple were found in their bedroom with gunshot wounds to the head.

Investigators said there was no evidence of a home invasion or a fight.

AJ’s 12-year-old sister was also home at the time of the shooting, but suspicion fell only on the teen at the time. He was charged with premeditated murder and arrested.

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For three weeks after the double murder, AJ sat in a juvenile prison with the constant support of family members, who stood by him throughout the court proceedings.

In 2016, AJ was denied bail and a judge refused to release the teenager, even though his grandmother and his attorney ordered a plan to be made for his release.

AJ turned 17 behind bars. A year older than that, the teen accused of killing his parents was certified to face premeditated murder charges as an adult.

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During his first trial in late March 2019, A.J.’s lawyers criticized.

In April 2019, the trial was declared invalid after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after three days of deliberation. Eight jurors believed A.J. Armstrong guilty, but four voted not guilty.

Now after years of delays, his retrial date has been set again. Rick DeToto, one of AJ’s attorneys, told Eyewitness News that the retrial will likely last longer than the first trial. Lawyers expect that jury selection alone will take at least three days.

If convicted, AJ could face spending the rest of his life in prison.

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