Caitlin Armstrong’s lawyer asks court to suppress evidence in murder case

The attorney for Caitlin Armstrong, an Austin woman accused of killing 25-year-old professional cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson, has filed two documents attempting to conceal evidence in the case.

In two documents filed on Wednesday, lawyers demand evidence obtained during the May 12 interrogation, that evidence collected as a result of her arrest warrant for the murder must be disposed of.

Armstrong faces one count of first-degree murder, allegedly killing Wilson with a firearm earlier this year, before fleeing to Costa Rica. Wilson was found shot multiple times and was bleeding on May 11.

Kaitlyn Armstrong is photographed in custody footage released by Austin Texas Police on July 5, 2022. Armstrong is accused of shooting Anna Moriah Wilson in Austin, Texas before fleeing to Costa Rica.

Austin Police Department

The 34-year-old was arrested June 29 at a hostel on Santa Teresa Beach in Provencia de Puntarenas after 43 days of searching, according to the US Marshals Service. She was deported and returned to the United States where she was held in Travis County Jail by the Austin Police Department and charged with murder.

Armstrong’s attorney is now asking the court to overturn the statements, notes and recordings, alleging that an Austin police investigator unlawfully interrogated Armstrong on May 12, according to court files obtained by ABC News.

Armstrong’s lawyer claimed that she did not read Miranda’s rights, and that investigators failed to stop questioning her when she requested an attorney.

Counsel asks the court to exclude all oral statements made by Armstrong, audio and video recordings of the May 12 interrogation, and all observations, interpretations and conclusions made as a result of the interrogation by law enforcement authorities.

Armstrong, who was wanted on a misdemeanor unrelated to the murder, was arrested at her home one day after the murder and taken to Austin’s offices for questioning, but the subject of the questioning was Wilson’s death, according to court filings.

A lawsuit alleged that Armstrong was in police custody when she was questioned in part because her freedom was restricted at all times, but she did not read her Miranda rights.

During the interrogation, Armstrong allegedly requested a lawyer three times during the interrogation, but the investigator continued to question her. She also requested to leave at least five times, but the investigator allegedly “blatantly ignored” her request, according to court documents.

The lawyer is also asking the court to withhold all evidence obtained as a result of what he claimed was an unlawful arrest warrant, according to court documents.

Photo: The US Marshals Service shared this photo of murder suspect Caitlin Armstrong.

The US Marshals Service shared this photo of murder suspect Caitlin Armstrong.

US Marshals Service

In another filing, Armstrong’s lawyers claimed that the affidavit filed for an arrest warrant for her in Wilson’s murder was “full of false statements, material omissions, reckless exaggerations and gross distortions made with reckless disregard for the truth,” according to court documents.

Without these alleged statements, the affidavit does not show probable cause for Armstrong’s arrest, the court claims.

Armstrong’s lawyers claim the affidavit evidence included “incorrect descriptions” of Armstrong’s actions and statements, a “vague and incomplete description” of the crime scene, “incorrect and unverified timestamps” from surveillance footage, and statements from an anonymous caller who was “unreliable.” . “

Her lawyers also claim that the affidavit is “based on a refuting theory of jealousy.”

Austin police issued an arrest warrant for Armstrong in the May 17 shooting. Police have determined that Wilson is romantically linked to Armstrong’s friend, professional cyclist Colin Strickland.

A vehicle resembling a 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep Armstrong was captured in surveillance footage from a nearby house that was parked outside a friend’s house on the night of the shooting, according to an sworn arrest warrant.

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