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Opening statements were presented today in the capital murder trial of the son of a retired NFL player accused of shooting dead both of his parents.
Prosecutors said house alarms and motion detectors indicated that 19-year-old Antonio 'AJ' Armstrong Jr killed his father, Antonio Armstrong Sr, and his mother, Dawn, in their home in Bellaire, Texas, on July 29, 2016.
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AJ Armstrong claimed that there was a masked intruder inside his family's home on the night of the killings.
However, jurors were told during opening statements that no one forced their way into the home and that AJ was the only person detected walking towards his parents' second-floor bedroom just moments before the shooting.
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'The killer didn’t come from outside the house,' Harris County Assistant District Attorney John Brewer said. 'The alarm tells us more than just the killer came from inside the house. The alarm tells us that the killer came from upstairs.'
Brewster added that Dawn Armstrong was shot twice in the head and died likely not knowing 'it was her son that killed her,' KTRK-TV reported.
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AJ Armstrong was 16 years old at the time of the double homicide. Now aged 19, he is being tried as an adult on counts of capital murder. He has always maintained his innocence.
Defense attorney Rick DeToto countered the prosecution's statements by claiming that investigators decided early on that the teen killed his parents as they slept, then contorted the case to fit their opinion.
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DeToto also told the court his client's DNA and fingerprints were not found on the gun recovered from the scene, and that his parents' blood was not on him, reported KPRC.
When police arrived at their home at 1.40am, they found a gun in the kitchen along with a note which read: 'I have been watching you for some time.'...
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