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AJ Armstrong, now 23 found guilty in 2016 death of parents after three trials

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  • AJ Armstrong, 23, was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years for the 2016 murders of his parents
  • The verdict comes after three trials in seven years, during which time AJ had been free  on bail 
  • His lawyers say they plan to appeal the ruling 

The wife of convicted killer AJ Armstrong openly wept in court Wednesday as the father of her child was sentenced to life in prison for the 2016 murders of his two parents.

The son of former NFL player Antonio Armstrong was found guilty of murdering his parents as a 16-year-old in 2016. He will have the possibility of parole after 40 years.

Antonio Armstrong Jr. – AJ – heard the guilty verdict on Wednesday following two previous mistrials. The Houston jury deliberated for about 10 hours after hearing more than 40 hours of testimony from 31 witnesses spanning 11 days during the capital murder trial.

Because he was a minor at the time of the murders, he was not facing the possibility of the death penalty.

During the seven year gap between the murders and today’s guilty verdict, Armstrong married Kate Ober – his high school girlfriend with whom he shares a son. She was comforted by her husband’s attorneys in court as Armstrong was led away following sentencing.

Kate Ober, wife of Antonio Armstrong Jr., cries as she listens to a verdict of guilty in the capital murder trial of her husband on Wednesday, at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse in Houston

After three trials, AJ Armstrong was sentenced Wednesday for the 2016 killing of his parents

After three trials, AJ Armstrong was sentenced Wednesday for the 2016 killing of his parents

Armstrong was living in the Houston family house wit his parents and younger sister at the time of the murders. His older, half-brother lived nearby

Armstrong was living in the Houston family house wit his parents and younger sister at the time of the murders. His older, half-brother lived nearby

Armstrong Sr. was a former linebacker for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Defense attorney Rick Detoto said of his client: ‘He’s devastated. He’s one of the strongest young men I’ve ever known. His family is amazing, and obviously they are devastated right now.’

‘This is a difficult time for them, but they will rally and they will help AJ and his young son and his wife get through this.’

AJ was charged with shooting his parents, both 42, seven years ago. In 2016, Dawn and Antonio Sr. were each shot in the head, with pillows placed over their faces, as they slept in their Texas home.

Armstrong was arrested hours later. He was entering his junior year of high school at the time of the arrest.

In several trials since his arrest, prosecutors have attempted to prove that AJ practiced and planned to kill his parents.

Investigators said the then-teen admitted to experimenting with how to silence a gun with blankets and pillows.

A search of the family home also revealed that AJ had both a crack pipe and a pillow with bullet holes in his room.

Armstrong is now 23 and has worn a GPS ankle monitor for his entire adult life. He has been out on bond since 2017.

Between his second and third trials, Armstrong married the mother of his son, his high school girlfriend, Kate Ober.

Investigators have maintained for years that AJ is the only person who could have killed his parents.

The young man’s defense attorneys have attempted to cast doubt on that, even at one point attempting to shift the blame to Armstrong’s older half-brother, Josh, as a potential suspect.

The state, in response, had text messages between Antonio Sr., Dawn and Josh introduced as evidence that prosecutors used to show Josh was a loving son who had a normal relationship with his parents.

Josh also did not live in the house with the family at the time of the murders.

AJ’s attorneys say they play to appeal the verdict.

On Tuesday, AJ also filed a federal lawsuit against the Houston Police Department, claiming its officers allegedly planted evidence in an effort to move forward with a false conviction.

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Hurricane Beryl: Wazobia postpones family fanfare slated for this weekend  

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As Houston slowly struggles to recover after Hurricane Beryl left millions without power, the Wazobia Wazobia African Market has postponed its annual family fanfare, set to take place on Saturday, July 13, 2024.

The deadly storm slammed into Texas early Monday, knocking out power to nearly 3 million homes and businesses, unleashing heavy rain, and killing at least 11 people before it weakened to a tropical depression.

Mr. Tunde Fasina, the owner of Wazobia, said that a new date for this event will be announced. “While we sympathize and pray for all those affected by this storm, we wish everyone a safe recovery and will announce a new date for this event,” he said.

The Wazobia family fanfare and Customer Appreciation event has become a beloved summer tradition, offering a diverse range of activities for both adults and children to enjoy. The festivities include a variety of games, live Afrobeat music, and a dedicated kid’s zone to keep the whole family entertained.

Established on June 18, 2013, Wazobia African Market has quickly become the premier African grocery store in Houston. The store is committed to promoting economic development, fostering community connections, and providing authentic products from various African cultures.

This free event will be held at the George Bush Park Pavilions located at 16756 Westheimer Pkwy, Houston, TX 77082. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable day of celebration and appreciation!

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AfriPAC Hosts Houston African Community Fair

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Event will celebrate Houston’s Diversity and Civic Engagement

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is thrilled to announce the Houston African Community Fair on Saturday, August 3, 2024, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alief Community Center, located at 11903 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, Texas 77072. Renowned for its vibrant African Diaspora and immigrant communities, AfriPAC invites you to join us in

Houston, for a day dedicated to civic engagement and cultural celebration.

The community fair will feature organizational booths, local resources, and a variety of food, and cultural experiences showcasing the rich heritage of Houston’s African communities. Additionally, attendees can look forward to an enlightening panel discussion on the demographics of the African Diaspora in Texas. AfriPAC, in collaboration with its organizational partners, will provide on-site free naturalization legal services, and voter registration information. “Houston is home to one of the largest African Diaspora and immigrant communities in the U.S,” said Nneka Achapu, Founder of AfriPAC. “It is time for our community to learn about the community organizations and the civic engagement resources around the City of Houston. We are excited to come together and build a stronger, more engaged community.”

AfriPAC is leveraging this event to bring awareness of the civic process directly into the community. “We are reaching out to communities eager to engage,” Achapu stated. “Our goal is to empower individuals to take an active role in building power for all African communities living in the United States.”

The African Public Affairs Committee (AfriPAC) is a non-partisan political organization that builds political power within the African immigrant community through education, advocacy & civic engagement.

For more information about the Houston African Community Fair and how to get involved, please visit AfriPAC’s website. Join us for a day of empowerment, celebration, and community building!

For more information and RSVP please visit https://bit.ly/houstonafricancommunityfair. To volunteer with AfriPAC or for more information please contact info@afripac.org

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America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference Arrives in Houston July 2nd to July 4th

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“Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, taking place at the Fort Bend County Epicenter (28505 Southwest

Freeway) in Rosenberg from July 2nd to July 4th. The conference, hosted by Pastor Dr. Paul Enenche and First Lady Dr. Becky Enenche, will feature renowned guest ministers, performers, and speakers, including Dr. Ron Kenoly, Micah Stampley, Julia Emunah, Chioma Jesus, Debee, and Anna Golden. The America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference is designed to help attendees cultivate a more intimate relationship with God through powerful prayer and word sessions, passionate praise and worship, and special healing ministrations. Returning to the Greater Houston area after last year’s impactful conference which welcomed attendees from across the U.S. and around the world, this event promises to deliver a dynamic and very transformative experience for everyone who attends.

The first conference day session on July 2nd will kick off at 6:00 PM. The following conference dates (July 3rd and July 4th) will feature two daily sessions, starting promptly at 9:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Guests are encouraged to arrive early for each session to secure seating. This incredible event is free to attend, but registration is required. To RSVP for the America “Healing & Revival” Fire Conference 2024, please visit the official conference website online at www.dunamisrevival.org, and follow on Instagram and Facebook (@americarevivalfire).

Dr. Paul Idoko Enenche, alongside his amiable spouse, Dr. Becky Enenche, are the founders of Dunamis International Gospel Centre Worldwide, with headquarters located in Abuja, Nigeria. Dr. Enenche ministers to hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the globe. The network of churches under Dr. Enenche’s leadership cuts across the states in Nigeria, and extends to several countries – including the United Kingdom, Europe, North America, and other parts of Africa. Dr. Enenche’s ministry is renowned for its profound delivery of God’s word, powerful miracles, demonstrations of signs and wonders, and a tangible presence of the Holy Spirit. The Nigerian Voice aptly describes Dr. Enenche as “an apostle on assignment to help people discover, rediscover, and recover their destinies.”

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