NFL player’s 17-year-old son will stand trial as an adult for murdering his parents

It’s been months since the news broke that Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, were shot and killed and that their 17-year-old son was being charged for their murder. Now, according to the Daily Mail, Antonio Armstrong Jr. is facing life in prison with the possibility of parole after 40 years, and he is being tried as an adult.

Rick DeToto, lawyer for Armstrong Jr., said that his client was “obviously disappointed” by the decision. He has maintained his innocence in the case and claimed that his parents were killed by an unknown masked intruder. A gun was found by investigators along with a note that read, “I have been watching you for some time.”

“We’ve been telling him since the first time we met him that he could be tried as an adult based on the offense and the court,” DeToto said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Prosecutor Martina Longoria said that the note and the gun found on the kitchen counter appeared to be part of a cover-up attempt. What’s more, according to Longorio, Armstrong Jr., who is known as A.J., told a homicide detective that he had discharged a gun in his room prior to his parents being murdered.