Navasota Murder Suspect Released On Bond, Two Hours After Surrendering

By: Steve Fullhart & Michael Oder Email
By: Steve Fullhart & Michael Oder Email
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ANDERSON - A Navasota man accused of killing his wife in their home Monday has been released after posting $150,000 bond.

Kelly Armstrong is charged with First Degree Murder in the shooting death of his wife, Autumn. Alongside his attorney, Billy Carter, he arrived at the Grimes County Jail in Anderson at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday to be booked. He was released two hours later.

After Armstrong's release, Carter made a brief statement, but did not take questions. He said while this case is generating a lot of talk around town, once the facts come out, he believes people will have a better understanding about what happened.

"Like everybody else, Kelly Armstrong is entitled to a presumption of innocence," said Carter. He feels people will give Armstrong that particular presumption. Carter also asked that people wait until a lot more facts are revealed in the case.

A warrant for Armstrong's arrest was issued Tuesday, and an agreement was made for the suspect to turn himself in Wednesday morning.

According to Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain, Navasota Police officers responded to the home on Judson Avenue around 3:15 a.m. Monday. Kelly Armstrong had called 911 and said Autumn had been shot. In a probable cause statement released Wednesday, Armstrong told police he shot Autumn while he was asleep. He also went to the bathroom while on the phone with dispatchers. Police say his voice over the phone was flat and unemotional. Autumn was later found dead on her bed. Following an autopsy, investigators believe she bled to death after being shot in the upper thigh. A gun was found near her body.

The probable cause statement reveals Armstrong told police he didn't remember shooting his wife. He told officers he went to sleep around 11:45 p.m. Sunday, but phone records showed him texting people until 1 a.m Monday morning. Investigators say that Armstrong told two of those people who were supposed to come to the house Monday morning to not come.

Despite telling officers he never touched Autumn's body after the shooting, his arms were covered in blood. Investigators learned that Kelly and Autumn were going through a divorce and were supposed to meet with lawyers Monday afternoon to finalize the paperwork.

Kelly Armstrong and the couple's teenage son were reportedly home at the time of the shooting.

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