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Who is Antonio Armstrong Jr.? Ex-NFL player’s son given a life sentence for killing his parents

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 18, 2023. 07:32 pm UPDATED: Aug 18, 2023. 07:32 pm

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The son of a former NFL player was found guilty of capital murder in the shooting deaths of his parents when he was 16 by a Texas grand jury on Wednesday.

Antonio Armstrong Jr., who is he?

Antonio “A.J.” Armstrong Jr. was given a life sentence with a 40-year parole possibility.

Armstrong was charged with the murders of Antonio and Dawn Armstrong in 2016. According to the prosecution, Armstrong killed his parents inside of their Bellaire townhouse. Antonio Armstrong died in a hospital from a head wound while Dawn Armstrong was pronounced dead at the scene.

After excelling as a linebacker at Texas A&M University, Antonio Armstrong briefly played for the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers.

There were two mistrials before the conviction this week. In both 2019 and 2022, the jury was unable to agree on a verdict.

Authorities claimed that the son’s account of a masked intruder at the time was unreliable, and an investigation revealed no evidence of a forced entry. During the 2019 trial, a portion of Armstrong’s 911 call, in which he claimed “it’s all my fault,” was the focus.

Armstrong disputed the prosecution’s assertion that he shot both of his parents while covering their faces with pillows during the first trial. In addition, the prosecution contended that Armstrong tried to set the house on fire, looked into how to set off an explosive device in a car, and fired a practice shot into his bedroom floor before the killings.

Armstrong and his parents reportedly had a tense relationship before the killings.

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The third trial concentrated on the family’s home security system. Home security company representatives testified about the precise times that motion sensors would activate and how this was related to the murders. A motion detector near the parents’ bedroom started to sound at 1:09 in the morning. A different sensor activated nearby where the murder weapon was found at 1:25 a.m. At 1:56 a.m., the alarm was turned off after dialing 911.

The third trial also referred to blood smears that were discovered on Armstrong’s clothing at the time of his arrest. When A.J. was first detained, the police put a nametag sticker on his shirt, and the Harris County district attorney claims that two drops of blood from Antonio Armstrong Sr. were found on the sticker’s back. The station reports that forensic authorities initially asserted that no DNA evidence had been found.

After becoming aware of the blood specks, Armstrong reportedly filed a lawsuit against the City of Houston.

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