BEEVILLE, Texas (KTRK) — AJ Armstrong appears to be on the move again to another Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility a week after records showed he had been transferred to a prison for the first time since a jury found him not guilty of murdering his parents.
A check of TDCJ records on Tuesday showed he is in the Beto Unit out in Tennessee Colony, which is located 178 miles north of Houston and just outside of Palestine in east Texas. State records show he was transferred on Saturday, Sept. 23.
The video above is a recap of the A.J. Armstrong trial saga by ABC13 reporter Courtney Fischer.
He had been taken to the Garza West Unit in Beeville early last week, a month after a Houston jury convicted him of killing Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr. back in 2016.
As indicated in ABC13’s report from last Friday, the Garza Unit, which officials said serves as an inmate intake facility, wasn’t confirmed to be where he would serve out a sentence upwards of life in prison.
The maximum-security Beto Unit can house 3,150 inmates, according to the TDCJ website.
Eyewitness News has also learned when his case will be reviewed for parole – Aug. 3, 2063, when Armstrong, who committed the acts at 16 years old and was convicted at 23, will be 63.
Before his transfer to Garza, Armstrong had been housed at the Harris County Jail since his conviction on Aug. 16 at the end of the third trial against him.
Earlier this month, Armstrong’s attorney, Patrick McCann, filed a motion for a fourth trial, citing a slew of mishaps occurring before the final verdict, which warrants another trial.
The motion presented said there was an issue with a key witness named Officer Celestina Rossi, who is a blood spatter expert. Rossi was the woman who found the blood sample on Armstrong’s T-shirt inside the crime lab, court documents read.
Armstrong’s attorneys also state that Rossi has been previously accused of planting evidence.
Additionally, the motion states there was an alternative theory regarding who could have murdered the parents that was conferred outside of the presence of a jury that should’ve been permitted into evidence.
Records note that the motion claims that Armstrong’s sentence was “unconstitutional” because he was only a juvenile at the time of the crime.
The appeal is being considered along with a federal civil lawsuit against the city of Houston, claiming the same evidence mishandling.