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A new federal warrant ends speculation over whether police believe they recovered the gun used to kill Moriah “Mo” Wilson at the home of his alleged love triangle killer Kaitlin Armstrong in Austin last month.
U.S. marshals announced earlier Thursday that Armstrong, 34, who is already wanted on a Texas murder warrant, now faces a federal charge of unlawfully fleeing to avoid prosecution.
The new warrant confirms that shell casings used at the murder scene match those that police later fired from a handgun seized from Armstrong’s home, which she shared with boyfriend Colin Strickland, 35, another professional cyclist who had gone out to dinner with the 25-year-old Wilson on the night of the shooting.
“As of the date of the murder, Armstrong possessed a pistol which the APD (Austin Police) seized from Armstrong’s home during their investigation,” the new complaint states. “Lab firing tests of Armstrong’s pistol confirmed that he fired spent casings that the APD found at the murder scene.”
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Police had previously said of the recovered weapon that “the possibility of the same firearm being involved is significant”.
Strickland and Armstrong lived together, and according to an earlier affidavit, he bought the gun from her earlier that year.
Shortly after Strickland dropped Wilson off on the night of his death, police alleged in the murder warrant that Armstrong’s Jeep SUV appeared on a neighbor’s security camera.
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“I respectfully submit that there is likely reason to believe Armstrong fled the State of Texas in order to avoid prosecution for murder,” Deputy Marshal Emir Perez wrote in an affidavit. The warrant was filed on May 25 but unveiled on Thursday.
Police say Armstrong fled Texas last month and flew to New York, where a witness told Fox News Digital she visited her sister before she was last seen at Newark International Airport, just across the border from the state of New Jersey.
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The trail cools from there, according to Deputy Marshal Brandon Filla, but investigators are hoping the increased $21,000 reward will lead to more tips as they continue the manhunt.
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Jason Jensen, a Utah-based private investigator who investigated the case, said a vehicle history report shows the Jeep the marshals say Armstrong sold for $12,200 before he flee Texas was worth more than $16,000 – a striking discount in a market where vehicle prices have skyrocketed.
“The quick sell shows intent to show up,” Jensen told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “She was abandoning the car, probably knowing that authorities could trace her whereabouts through her plates.”
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The cash on hand would be “more useful” to someone fleeing pursuit than a vehicle the police were likely looking for, he added.
Armstrong sold the vehicle to an Austin CarMax dealership on May 13 – a day after she was questioned and released by Texas authorities, marshals revealed Thursday morning.