Anna “Mo” Wilson’s death remains one of the most tragic events that happened, and the public has yet to heal from it. We will explore details of that and her murder trial in this write-up.
Who is Anna “Mo” Wilson?
Anna Moriah Wilson was born on May 18, 1996, in Littleton, New Hampshire, as the daughter of Eric and Karen Wilson. She grew up in Kirby, Vermont, where she had her education, and graduated from Burke Mountain Academy in 2014 and from Dartmouth College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in engineering.
Raised in a family of athletes, Wilson developed a passion for cycling as a young girl. She was a nationally-ranked junior skier but had become a gravel cyclist. Before her career as a professional cyclist full-time, she had worked as a demand planner.
Anna “Mo” Wilson Death: Cause Of Death Explored
On May 11, 2022, Wilson was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds “shortly before 10 p.m” at a friend’s residence in Austin, Texas, where Wilson had been staying to compete in a race in Hico. Hours before her death, she had gone out with Strickland for a swim at Deep Eddy Pool and afterward, ate dinner. Strickland denied ever going inside Wilson’s friend’s house after dropping Wilson off and was ruled out as a prime suspect following a police investigation.
An autopsy ruled Wilson’s death a homicide,with two gunshot wounds, one in the head and one in the chest, that allegedly occurred “after she was already lying supine on the floor,” according to a search warrant.
Who is Kaitlin Armstrong, Anna “Mo” Wilson’s Murderer?
Police named Armstrong as a person of interest after video surveillance showed her black Jeep Grand Cherokee arriving at the Austin residence moments before the killing. She was taken into custody over an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for theft.
Armstrong made no statement to the police when confronted about the video evidence of her vehicle; however, investigators observed she “turned her head and rolled her eyes in an angry manner” when questioned about how Wilson was with Strickland. She was released on a technicality stemming from discrepancies between her date of birth in the police department’s database and the one in the warrant. After spending 43 days at large, Armstrong was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals in a hostel in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on June 29, 2022.
In a press conference about Armstrong’s capture, the U.S. Marshals said that she had fled to Costa Rica using a passport “that did not belong to her but belonged to someone who was closely associated with her”, as well as significantly changed her appearance and sought opportunities to teach yoga under a variety of aliases. They observed that her hair had been dyed and cut short and her nose bandaged, and they saw some discolouration around her eyes, which she reportedly said she obtained from a surfing accident.
On October 12, 2023, Armstrong attempted to escape from officers who had escorted her to a medical appointment outside of the jail. She was re-apprehended after a brief chase, and on November 16, 2023, Armstrong was found guilty of the murder.