Suspected murder of elite cyclist returns to US

The woman accused of fatally shooting elite cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson is back in the US to face charges of murder, US Marshals Service officials said.

Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, 34, was picked up in Costa Rica last week and arrived in Houston on Saturday, officials told CNN.

Armstrong was arrested Thursday at a hostel on the beach of Santa Teresa in Puntarenas province, after 43 days on the run. She fled there after being suspected of the death of the highly regarded gravel and mountain bike racer a week before her 26th birthday.

“Armstrong is back in the US and will be held in Harris County (Texas) Jail pending extradition to Austin,” a spokesman for the US Marshals Service told CNN.

The bail for the Texas yoga teacher has been set at $3.5 million.

Wilson was found mortally wounded in an Austin apartment on May 11. The world-class cyclist was in town for a race, the 250-kilometer Gravel Locos, which she should have won.

Wilson had been romantically associated with fellow cyclist Colin Strickland and had just gone for a swim and dinner with him before he was killed. He dropped her off at a friend’s house without going in, he later told police. Wilson would be found there hours later by a friend.

Armstrong had dated Strickland regularly for three years before they took a break, and then he hooked up with Wilson for a short time. Strickland and Armstrong got back together about a month after his affair with Wilson ended in early November 2021, he told police at the time of the murder.

After allegedly shooting Wilson, Armstrong sold her car, got a fake passport and fled the country, police said.

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