HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Antonio Armstrong told police detectives the night of the murder that they wouldn't find any gunshot residue on his hands. He was right.
Experts testified they found none of the three compounds that make up the residue or GSR. They didn't find it on his sister's hands either. It wasn't on his brother's hands either.
The defense was hinting that Josh Armstrong, who lived nearby, could've snuck into the locked and alarmed house that night and committed the murders. But while they found small amounts of naturally occurring lead and barium on the brother and sister's hands, they found nothing on Antonio’s hands.
While the prosecution is trying to convince jurors that it is because he washed his hands to get rid of any GSR, the defense said the reports show nothing, prove nothing and are meaningless.
Legal analyst Carmen Roe says the prosecutors have to prove what the reports mean. The defense doesn't.
"Not at all. He has to do nothing more than test the quality and quantity brought forward by the state of Texas," said Roe.
Another witness testified the Armstrongs were living a lavish lifestyle and drowning in debts.
Their businesses too were in serious trouble. They were taking out loans to pay other loans and were caught in a serious debt spiral. Why is that important? Antonio had gone to Kincaid, but was pulled out because of financial reasons.
He was a football star at Kincaid. He would've been third string at Lamar High School. Was that enough of a motive for murder? We will see what the jury thinks.