Judge resets Antonio Armstrong Jr.’s murder trial due to ‘issue outside of court’s control’

HOUSTON – The trial against Antonio “AJ” Armstrong Jr., who is accused of murdering his mother, Dawn, and father, Antonio Armstrong Sr., nearly seven years ago, has been reset.

Armstrong Jr. is facing trial for the third time in his parents’ 2016 death.

With both of his previous trials ending in hung juries, Armstrong Jr. continues to maintain his innocence.

What will come out in the third trial? Will new facts be presented?

KPRC 2 will be live daily inside the courtroom and will document new details along with everything you should know.

June 5 - 10:50 a.m.

Armstrong Jr.’s retrial has been reset for another week, until Monday, June 12, for an “issue outside of the court’s control,” according to Judge Kelli Johnson. The nature of the issue was not immediately released.

June 5 - 9:50 a.m.

Since Judge Kelli Johnson is trying to limit the potential exposure of media coverage surrounding Armstrong Jr.’s trial, no cameras are allowed inside the courtroom. KPRC 2 has hired a sketch artist to help bring what’s happening inside the courtroom to life for viewers. Below is the first look at Armstrong Jr. and his wife inside the courtroom.

Sketch of AJ Armstrong during what was supposed to be his first day of trial before it was reset. (KPRC)

June 5 - 8 a.m.

On Monday morning, Armstrong Jr., along with his family and attorneys, entered the hallways of the Harris County Criminal Justice Center and swiftly made their way into the 178th District Courtroom.


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