Kaitlin Armstrong whined at cops for ‘humiliating’ her by arresting her in front of her neighbors over the murder of her boyfriend’s ex, the yoga teacher’s trial heard.
‘I would love to leave. You just arrested in front of my house in front of my neighbors. It was incredibly humiliating,’ Armstrong griped in May 2022 footage played to an Austin courthouse Thursday.
Armstrong, who’s accused of shooting Moriah Wilson dead 18 months ago, was not a suspect at the time of the clip. She had been arrested after her black Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted near the scene of Wilson’s killing.
Wilson was shot three times, with prosecutors accusing Armstrong of killing her for contacting Armstrong’s then boyfriend Colin Strickland, who was Wilson’s ex.
Kaitlin Armstrong enters the courtroom during the first day of her trial at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023
Detective Katy Connor, who interviewed Armstrong in May 2022, also explained how the alleged murderess had asked to end the police interview shortly after.
She was allowed to leave, but was warned by cops that her unwillingness to cooperate could cause future issues.
During Thursday’s trial Imir Perez of the US Marshals also told of how he’d tracked Armstrong down to Costa Rica after she’d gone on the run.
He found her with a bandage on her nose, with a receipt for a local plastic surgery clinic for more than $6,000 also uncovered during the probe.
Armstrong has denied the charges but is yet to provide an alibi. Her Jeep was filmed by neighborhood ring cameras arriving and leaving the scene at the time of the murder.
Armstrong’s former partner Colin Strickland, left, had previously admitted that he did in fact have an affair with Moriah Wilson, seen here on the right
Detective Connor also told the court that after questioning Armstrong about the murder it raised her suspicions about her involvement.
Speaking to the court, Connor said: ‘When I confront her about the vehicle being in the area, she makes no denials.
‘She doesn’t explain why her vehicle is over there. She acknowledges it doesn’t look good. All of it together, raised my suspicion.’
In the interview, Armstrong was informed she could leave, but stayed and told officers that Strickland and Wilson had gone out together, which upset her.
After deciding to eventually leave, Connor tried to convince her to stay saying: ‘When all I see is that your vehicle was [over] there, that doesn’t sound very good. If you leave, we only have one side of the story.’
Connor later told the trial that officers managed to gain GPS information from Armstrong’s car which put her in the area.
It was also revealed that Armstrong told officers she didn’t know that Strickland had gone out with Wilson.
The court was also shown receipts today that totaled $6,350 for cosmetic surgery in Costa Rica by a Doctor Jorge Badilla.
Authorities had previously said she had got a nose job and dyed her after fleeing the country following the death of Wilson.
Armstrong’s 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted driving outside the Austin home of Wilson’s friend, where the cyclist was murdered
Authorities said she got a nose job and dyed her hair brown after fleeing the US. She used her sister’s passport to leave the country and went by several aliases while on the run
In court on Wednesday, we told how Armstrong had been looking into plastic surgery after Wilson was found dead.
Detective Richard Spitler also testified that Armstrong had been looking into whether pineapple could be used to remove fingerprints.
The Detective also told the court that Armstrong had sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee less than 48 hours after Wilson was murdered.
The black SUV had been spotted driving around the area in the lead up to Wilson being found.
Less than 48 hours after the murder, Kaitlin Armstrong sold her black Jeep Grand Cherokee at Carmax in Austin, police testified.
She created a brand-new email account where she received an offer $12,200 from Carmax for the vehicle.
Three days after murder, Armstrong took an Uber to Austin’s airport where she took a Southwest Airlines from Austin to New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Austin Police Detective Richard Spitler appears at the trial of the State of Texas v. Kaitlin Armstrong on Wednesday
In court earlier this week, Nicole Mertz, who was a close friend of Armstrong, testified that she said she would ‘kill’ another woman if her boyfriend dated them.
Mertz told the court that Armstrong had recently broken up with her boyfriend Colin Strickland and that Moriah Wilson was in the city visiting him in November 2021.
The two had arranged to meet inside a cafe, and Wilson also appeared which according to Mertz made Armstrong ‘pretty angry, like visibly angry’.
Mertz then asked her what she would do if Strickland ever dated anyone, to which the accused responded: ‘I would kill her.’
Mertz later called the police and told them what she knew and tried to contact Armstrong, who had gone radio silent.
She said: ‘I just kind of had a feeling. I remember that comment she made and I knew she was not happy about Colin and Moriah hanging out. I just kind of had a feeling and thought that that was the right thing to do.’
Nicole Mertz, pictured here, testified at Armstrong’s trial earlier this afternoon and said the two had met at a café in Austin when Armstrong made the remark
Last week, Strickland told the court he had been apprehensive about entering a long-term relationship with Armstrong.
Armstrong, he said, routinely blocked the phone numbers of other women in his phone behind his back. Wilson was one of them, he said.
On the day of the murder, when he was swimming with Wilson, Strickland told Armstrong he had been to drop off flowers at a friend’s house.
Last week, jurors were played Ring surveillance camera footage from a neighbor in which Wilson could be heard screaming. Three gunshots were heard.
Prosecutors say Armstrong, using a gun Strickland purchased for her, shot Wilson twice in the head and once through the heart.
She is then believed to have fled the apartment on Wilson’s bicycle, which was found dumped in bushes behind her apartment.
Armstrong fled Texas after an initial police interview. She then flew to Costa Rica, where she says she was just teaching yoga.
Eventually, she was arrested in July and brought back to Austin. A few weeks before her trial commenced, she tried to run away again during a visit to a doctor’s office.
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