An Arrest Warrant Has Been Issued for Mo Wilson’s Death

The Austin Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Kaitlin Armstrong, Colin Strickland’s partner.

moriah wilson at the mid south 100 mile ride in march 2022
Courtesy Ansel Dickey
  • On May 11, gravel racing’s Mo Wilson was shot and killed in Austin, Texas, where she had traveled to race Gravel Locos.
  • On Saturday, the Austin Police Department made a statement revealing that they had identified a “person of interest” in the shooting.
  • This morning, VeloNews released an image of a warrant for the first-degree murder of Wilson. The warrant from the Austin Police Department is for the arrest of Kaitlin Armstrong, the partner of gravel racer Colin Strickland.
  • Strickland released a statement through his attorney to reporter Tony Plohetski of Austin American-Statesman, included below.

    An arrest warrant for Kaitlin Armstrong has been issued by the Austin Police Department, for the first-degree murder of Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson, as reported by VeloNews. Armstrong is the partner of Colin Strickland, a prominent gravel cyclist and winner of UnBound in 2019 and second place finisher at Gravel Worlds last year.

    Bicycling has reached out to the Austin Municipal Court to obtain copies of the affidavit and warrants. A city representative did confirm to Bicycling that four search warrants and an arrest warrant have been issued regarding the case.

    Last Wednesday, May 11, Wilson was shot and killed in Austin, Texas, where she had traveled to race Gravel Locos. Police reports indicate that she was shot before 10 p.m. that evening, in the home of a friend she was staying with for the race. The friend returned home around 10 p.m. to find Wilson shot multiple times, unconscious and bleeding. Police and EMS responded to the scene, but Wilson was pronounced dead at 10:10 p.m.

    Her death was not public knowledge until Friday, May 13, and the cycling world mourned the loss of the vibrant star on the rise. Wilson was well-liked within the cycling community and was a fierce competitor. This season alone, she won both the Sea Otter El Fuego 80K and the Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego.

    The Austin Police Department’s statement on May 14 said that they had identified a person of interest, did not believe that the shooting was random, and had ruled her death a homicide.

    According to The Boston Globe, reporter Travis Anderson obtained a warrant and police affidavit pertaining to Wilson’s murder. The affidavit indicated that sometime after 5:30 p.m. on May 11, Wilson told her friend that she was going for a swim with a male cyclist (presumably Strickland). The police affidavit named the cyclist, but The Boston Globe didn’t disclose that information since he hasn’t been charged with a crime.

    According to the affidavit obtained by The Boston Globe, the male cyclist said he dropped Wilson off at her friend’s home around 8:30 p.m. after they had been swimming at a city pool. Wilson used a key code to access her friend’s home at 8:36 p.m. (The code was also used at 5:55 p.m., presumably by Wilson to re-enter the house.)

    Footage from a surveillance camera in the neighborhood showed an SUV, matching the one registered to a woman—presumably Armstrong—who lives with the male cyclist, pulling up to the apartment around 8:36 p.m. The Boston Globe reported that police obtained a warrant to search a home on Manchester Circle in Austin, that’s owned by the same woman. The woman’s property was searched for a possible firearm and other evidence connected to Wilson’s death, but it wasn’t clear if anything was found.

    Armstrong owns a residence on Manchester Circle, the street where the police obtained a search warrant for a home. Armstrong and Strickland appear to be partners. The website for Wheelhouse Mobile, a business founded by Strickland and Armstrong, reads: “Colin’s partner and financial guru, Kaitlin Armstrong, led him to realize they could build this into something much greater than a one-off passion project. Three years later, we are open for business in an antique warehouse in Lockhart, TX.”

    The affidavit obtained by The Boston Globe also notes that Wilson was shot with a 9mm handgun. The male cyclist and the woman he lives with both own 9mm handguns, purchased legally in Austin. The male cyclist said he’s never shot his gun, though he owns two different types of ammunition, “practice” and “kill.”

    Both Colin Strickland and Kaitlin Armstrong stopped updating Strava after May 11—notable simply because until then, both had been posting regularly. Strickland also hasn’t updated Instagram since May 11.

    The warrant for Armstrong’s arrest was signed on May 19. She is being charged with murder first-degree felony, which in Texas can result in five to 99 years in prison or life in prison. If proven to be a crime of passion, the maximum prison sentence is 20 years.

    The Austin-American Statesman reported, “The affidavit says Wilson had been romantically involved with the man while the man and Armstrong were separated.” Strickland and Wilson are also both sponsored by The Meteor, a cycling cafe and bar with locations in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Austin, Texas.

    Strickland has declined to comment to The Boston Globe and VeloNews.

    Strickland’s attorney released a statement on his behalf to reporter Tony Plohetski of Austin American-Statesman:

    I am reeling from grieving Mo Wilson’s death and from the facts that have emerged during the investigation. I cannot begin to imagine the pain felt by Mo’s family and her close friends.

    There is no way to adequately express the regret and torture I feel about my proximity to this horrible crime. I am sorry, and I simply cannot make sense of this unfathomable tragedy.

    Although it will be a matter of small consolation to anyone else who cared for Mo, I want you to know that I have cooperated fully with investigators ever since I learned the terrible news, and I will continue to do so until some form of justice is served.

    As a point of clarification to facts previously reported, Moriah Wilson and I had a brief romantic relationship from late October-early November 2021 that spanned a week or so while Wilson was visiting Austin. At the time, she and I had both recently ended relationships. She returned to her home in California and about a month later, Kaitlin Armstrong and I reconciled and resumed our relationship.

    Since then I often saw Mo at cycling events, and always in public settings. We both competed in Bentonville, AR, Stillwater, and Monterrey CA. We also met for a 4 hour training ride in Santa Cruz after the Sea Other [sic] Classic in Monterrey.

    After our brief relationship in October of 2021, we were not in a romantic relationship, only a platonic and professional one. It was not my intention to pursue along an auxiliary romantic relationship that would mislead anyone. Moriah and I were both leaders in this lonely, niche sport of Cycling, and I admired her greatly and considered her a close friend. I am deeply grieving her loss

    We’ll update this story as new details emerge.

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