AJ Armstrong, NFL Player’s Son, Receives Life Sentence in Third Trial for Murdering Parents

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Antonio “AJ” Armstrong Jr., the son of an NFL player, has been handed a life sentence after being found guilty of capital murder. He was convicted in the tragic 2016 case of the murder of his parents, Antonio Sr. and Dawn Armstrong in a Houston, Texas suburb.

The verdict, reached after more than 10 hours of deliberation by a jury of seven men and five women, marked the culmination of a harrowing 11-day trial that featured the testimony of 31 witnesses. This was his third trial for the murders.

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The ordeal began when AJ Armstrong, then a teenager, dialed 911 at 1:40 a.m. to report multiple gunshots emanating from his parents’ bedroom. He informed the authorities that his 12-year-old sister was still asleep downstairs at the time. 

Following an initial investigation of the crime scene, law enforcement honed in on Armstrong Jr. as a prime suspect.