Antonio Armstrong - Dawn Armstrong

Teen Claims “Masked Man” Killed His Parents

The 16-year-old accused of murdering his father, Antonio Armstrong, and mother, Dawn Armstrong, told police he heard gunshots and in parents bedroom and saw a masked man in their Houston home.

Unfortunately, there are too many hole’s in the teen’s story. After the shooting he called 911 to report his parent’s had been shot. But, when police arrived he disarmed the home security system to let them in. How did the masked man bypass the alarm system?

Via The Houston Chronicle:

Police arrested the 16-year-old when he was “not able to give a convincing story of any kind,” Brewer said. Police found a .22-caliber pistol and a note on the kitchen counter, but no evidence of a robbery or burglary or any sign of forced entry, he said.

At the hearing in juvenile court, Magistrate Judge Aneeta Jamal found probable cause to keep the teen in custody.

“You are accused of a very serious offense,” she told the teen, at the start of the brief hearing. The teen, who wore a faded green jumpsuit, said little during the proceeding.

He faces murder charges, which could be upgraded to capital murder, attorneys said. Prosecutors have not yet said if they are going to try to certify him to stand trial as an adult.

The hearing provided new details surrounding the slaying of a beloved southwest Houston family but no hint as to a possible motive for their deaths.

Dawn Armstrong, 42, the teen’s mother, was dead at the scene. Father Antonio Armstrong, also 42 and a former Texas A&M University football star, died at Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Lawyers for the teen said legal process is just beginning.

“Our client adamantly denies committing these crimes,” said Rick DeToto, one of the lawyers representing the teen. “There no motive; this doesn’t make sense.”

The son called police at 1:41 a.m. Friday and said he was hiding in an upstairs closet, Brewer told the judge in court.

Police found the couple in their bed upstairs, both shot in the head and with pillows over their faces, Brewer said.

The couple’s 12-year-old daughter, who was also home, was not injured. She apparently slept through the incident, Brewer said.

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