Woman accused of killing pro cyclist escapes custody at doctor’s office

Posted at 4:25 PM, October 11, 2023 and last updated 4:45 PM, October 11, 2023


AUSTIN, Texas (Court TV) — A woman awaiting trial on charges she murdered a professional cyclist who had dated her boyfriend briefly escaped custody while at a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday.

Kaitlin Armstrong (photo courtesy U.S. Marshals)

A spokesperson for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office told Court TV that Kaitlin Armstrong was able to get away from two corrections officers while she was at a doctor’s appointment in South Austin.

Armstrong has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of Anna Moriah Wilson, who was found shot to death on May 11, 2022. After initially talking to police, Armstrong fled the country, prompting a 43-day manhunt that ended with her arrest at a Costa Rican hotel on June 29.

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On Wednesday, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said that officers were escorting Armstrong back to a patrol unit to return to jail when she took off running. Officers followed and did not lose sight of her as she ran approximately one block into a neighborhood.

The sheriff’s spokesperson was unable to say why Armstrong was at the doctor or whether she was restrained. After she was caught, Armstrong was checked out at a medical center before she was returned to the Travis County Correctional Complex.

Armstrong’s murder trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 30.