Cyclist accused of killing another cyclist is free


(journalist)
– The murder of one of the best cyclists in the country, if not the world, shocked the cycling community earlier this month in Texas. Now authorities say a love triangle is at the heart of the murder of 25-year-old Anna Moriah Wilson. Cover:

  • Suspicious: Police and federal agents charge Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, with shooting Wilson on May 11, reports the Austin American Statesman. Armstrong, another cyclist, is still at large. Wilson, a Vermont native, was in town for an errand and was staying with a friend in Austin when she was killed.
  • Pattern: Authorities say it comes down to jealousy. Police said the two women were at times romantically involved with a third professional cyclist, Colin Strickland, according to the New York Times. Strickland told authorities that when he and longtime girlfriend Armstrong broke up in October, he became romantically involved with Wilson during that split. However, he says he quickly ended romance with Wilson and got back together with Armstrong.
  • Output: Authorities say Armstrong knew that Strickland and Wilson had spent the day together on May 11 and that she went to the house where Wilson was staying to confront her. Surveillance video shows a vehicle at the residence similar to one owned by Armstrong, according to a police affidavit. Wilson has been shot multiple times, and police say the gun appears to be one Strickland purchased for Armstrong months ago.
  • Remorse: “There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel over my closeness to this horrific crime,” Strickland said in a statement to the American statesman. “I’m sorry, and I just can’t make sense of this unfathomable tragedy.” He says he and Wilson maintained a platonic and professional relationship after their romance ended. Both were stars of what is known as gravel biking, which the Time described as a mix of mountain biking and road cycling. He called Wilson “the best female cyclist in the United States and perhaps the world”.
  • Fugitive: The US Marshals Service released a wanted poster for Armstrong.

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Earnest L. Veasey