HOUSTON – The jury selection begins in a retrial for a man accused of killing his parents in 2016 begins Monday.
During the first trial in 2019, jurors weren’t able to reach a unanimous decision, causing a mistrial to be declared.
Antonio Armstrong Jr. is accused of shooting and killing his parents, Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr., while they slept in their home back in 2016. He was 16 years old at the time.
During his first trial in April of 2019, a mistrial was declared after jurors were unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Since then, the lead attorney, along with other attorneys have filed several motions in the case, including asking a judge to allow them to introduce new evidence about their alternative suspect, Joshua Armstrong, AJ’s older brother.
The defense plans to use medical records from his documented struggle with mental illness. KPRC 2 legal analyst Brian Wice said prosecutors will argue that AJ committed the crimes.
“The prosecution is going to claim that there was no forced entry that the intruder necessarily had to be within the Armstrong household and that AJ Armstrong had a motive to kill both of his parents,” Wice said.
The retrial is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday.