Moriah Wilson murder: Kaitlin Armstrong's lawyer claims government evidence will 'acquit' yoga teacher, calls case 'MISOGYNISTIC'
'The whole case against Kate Armstrong is predicated on a deeply misogynistic view of her,' Armstrong's lawyer Rick Cofer said in an interview recently
AUSTIN, TEXAS: A lawyer representing Kaitlin Armstrong, an Austin woman and the murder suspect, who is accused of murdering a young cyclist in May before escaping to Costa Rica, claimed that if his client's case goes to trial, she will be acquitted. Attorney Rick Cofer spoke to NBC's 'Dateline' and stated, "I expect this, the government's own evidence will acquit Kaitlin Armstrong. They just haven't looked at it." He also added, "Armstrong is not guilty, and if this case goes to trial if the district attorney doesn't dismiss it before it goes to trial, she will be found not guilty." The episode was aired on Friday, September 16, 2022.
Armstrong, 34, was arrested at a hostel called Don Jon’s Surf and Yoga Lodge, located in the small town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica on June 29, 2022, and was extradited to the US on July 2. She was charged with the first-degree murder of Wilson in a jealous rage on May 11, 2022, in Austin, Texas, over an alleged affair between Wilson and Armstrong’s boyfriend Colin Strickland, who is also a cyclist.
After Wilson, 25, was killed, Armstrong led the US Marshals on a massive 43-day international manhunt. Armstrong is a yoga teacher who allegedly suspected that her boyfriend, Strickland, had a short fling with Wilson while they were "on a break". Wilson was found murdered at a friend's home in East Austin.
Armstrong's attorney also stated, "The crux of law enforcement's theory from within the first 24 hours of this case they had decided that Kaitlin Armstrong is a crazy, jealous person that, in a fit of rage, murdered Miss Wilson." He added, "The whole case against Kate Armstrong is predicated on a deeply misogynistic view of her."
Cofer asserts that the government hasn't given its case a thorough examination and asserts that there is "no evidence" that Armstrong was in the black Jeep that passed Wilson's house after the murder.
He said, "So, this dark-colored SUV, that's where the detective really wants to start to hang this horrible crime on Kaitlin Armstrong. There's no evidence presented ever of a license plate on this vehicle, of any description of an occupant of the vehicle. You can't be in two places at once. That's just kind of some simple math."
Armstrong posed as a woman named Ari to woo a man she met at a tattoo shop in Costa Rica when she was allegedly hiding in Costa Rica from police over the murder. She reportedly told Teal Akerson, the man she dated, that she'd been through a ''traumatizing break up'' after they met in Costa Rica in June. She told him she hadn't ''healed'' from a recent breakup and ''wasn't ready" to get closer to him, according to Akerson. He also revealed that the couple had been on several dates during Armstrong's escape before her capture on June 29. He was taken aback when he saw old photos of Armstrong after she was arrested as she allegedly underwent plastic surgery to alter her appearance, DailyMail reported.