Date set for Armstrong retrial in 2016 slaying of parents

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - The teen accused of killing his parents nearly three years ago will stand trial again later this year.

The first trial of Antonio Armstrong Jr. ended in a hung jury in April. In capital murder cases, the jury must agree unanimously.

On Tuesday, a judge scheduled his retrial to begin Oct. 4.

Armstrong's attorney, Rick DeToto, called Tuesday's court appearance a simple proceeding, saying he and his team are ready to get back to the case.

"It's good to be away for a while but we are ready to get back. We know this case inside and out. We are looking forward to the second trial and showing to all the people that AJ is not guilty of this crime," said DeToto.

DeToto said they will be taking some different approaches, during the retrial.

"We are not going to get into the details of the trial prep at this time," DeToto said. "Obviously there are some things that we are going to do a little bit different, but we are not going to get into those details right now."

The 19-year-old has been charged with capital murder in connection with the deaths of Antonio Armstrong Sr. and Dawn Armstrong in July 2016.


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