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A Houston teen standing trial in the slayings of his parents was in hot water with them in the months leading up to the killings and repeatedly being disciplined over grades and dishonesty, according to text messages revealed in court Wednesday.
Text exchanges between Antonio Armstrong, Jr, his mother and his father showed a teen who was frequently explaining his actions when he was caught bending the truth.
Parents - Disappointment
His parents weren't shy in expressing their disappointment.
'He is a bold face liar like I have never seen before,' Dawn Armstrong said in a text to her son and husband, after she found out he was untruthful about being at basketball practice.
Dawn - Armstrong - Husband - Antonio - Armstrong
Dawn Armstrong and her husband, Antonio Armstrong, Sr, were found shot to death in their beds on July 29, 2016.
Their son, who also goes by AJ, was charged with capital murder. He was 16 at the time and was certified to be tried as an adult.
Texts - Fall - July - Occasions - Armstrong
The texts spanned from the fall of 2015 to July 2016. On multiple occasions, Armstrong's parents called him out for poor grades or spending too much money.
He got grounded once over not being home when he said he would, and another time his car privileges were taken away, according to the messages.
Time - Armstrong - Girlfriend - Parents - House
Another time, Armstrong was caught lying about whether his girlfriend's parents were present when he was over at her house.
On May 21, 2016, Dawn Armstrong texted her son and husband because she heard that AJ was smoking marijuana in the house.
Vaporizer - Parents
He said it was a vaporizer and that he got rid of it, and his parents continued to reprove him.
'Don't come up with some creative story on how it appeared again,' his father texted.
June - Couple - Son
On June 3, 2016, the couple confronted their son about...
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