The boyfriend at the center of yoga teacher Kaitlin Armstrong’s murder trial took the stand again today to testify about their messy romance, telling the court how she routinely blocked the phone numbers of women in his phone without his knowledge.
Armstrong is charged with murdering love rival Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson on May 11 in Austin, Texas, 2022. Wilson had been on a swimming date with Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland, the night she was killed.
She denies 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.
Last week, Strickland told the court that he was apprehensive about entering a long-term relationship with Armstrong.
Colin Strickland walks into court in a mask, sunglasses and hat on Monday to continue with his testimony against ex-girlfriend Kaitlin Armstrong
Kaitlin Armstrong is shown on the first day of her trial. Cameras have only been allowed inside for opening statements. Closing arguments will be the only other portion of the trial that is televised
Moriah ‘Mo’ Wilson was shot dead in Austin on May 11th. She had just returned home from an evening swim with Strickland, who she had at one time been romantic with
Today, he returned to the stand to testify about how jealous she was of his relationships and friendships with other women.
In a video obtained by Alex Caprariello of NewsNation, he was seen entering court in a baseball hat, mask and sunglasses.
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 May 10, Wilson texted Strickland telling him she would be in Austin.
He asked her to join him on a cycle, which she didn’t respond to, then the pair made plans to go swimming on May 11th.
At 4.32pm, she texted him telling him to pick her up from her friend’s house. At 5.43pm, he texted her to tell her he was outside.
Kaitlin Armstrong in her booking photo after being brought back to the US from Costa Rica
Strickland then told the court how he changed Wilson’s name in his phone to ‘Christine Wall’ to avoid Armstrong’s wrath.
‘It’s no one that I know, but it’s the name I used in my phone for Mo,’ he said.
Other texts revealed how Armstrong was managing Strickland’s earnings as a professional cyclist.
But in some, she warned him against spending time with Wilson.
‘I know you know better than to show up at [a cycling event] with that girl,’ she texted him on October 28, 2021 – eight months before the murder.
He shot back: ‘Could you please be an adult…I am not going because I am trying to respect you.’
At 8.05pm that night, he texted her again.
‘Did you call Mo? Wtf?’ he asked. She told him she couldn’t talk.
In March 2022, Armstrong was furious after seeing an Instagram photo of the pair completing a cycling race.
Strickland said he was unsure about entering into a serious relationship with Armstrong
After Wilson and Strickland’s secret meet-up, Armstrong’s 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was spotted driving outside the Austin home of Wilson’s friend, where the cyclist was murdered
‘Send my love to Mo,’ she quipped.
‘Can you please stop,’ he begged her.
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.
‘Hey! Are you out? I went to drop some flowers for Alison at her son’s house up north and my phone died. Heading home unless you have another food suggestion,’ he said.
On May 13th, two days after the murder, Strickland sent a text to Armstrong’s iCloud email asking her if she had a phone.
‘I activated my number,’ he said. Prosecutors did not question him on what he meant.
Armstrong’s attorneys will question Strickland throughout the afternoon.
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.
Wilson was killed after a secret date with Armstrong’s boyfriend, Colin Strickland (shown). He went into hiding after her death while Armstrong was on the run