A teenager in Houston who was in the death of his parents was in hot water with them in the months before the murders and was repeatedly disciplined about numbers and dishonesty, according to text messages revealed in court on Wednesday.
Exchanges between Antonio Armstrong, Jr., his mother, and his father showed a teenager who often explained his actions when he was caught bending the truth.
His parents were not shy to express their disappointment.
& # 39; He is a bold liar like I have never seen before & # 39 ;, Dawn Armstrong said in an SMS to her son and husband after she found out he was unlikely about basketball practice.
Dawn Armstrong and her husband, Antonio Armstrong, Sr., were found dead in their bed on July 29, 2016.
Antonio Armstrong, Jr. (pictured in court on April 2), from Texas, on trial for his parents' death, was in hot water with them in the months prior to the murders and was repeatedly disciplined, texts revealed
Dawn Armstrong and her husband, Antonio Armstrong, Sr. (both pictured), were found dead in their beds on July 29, 2016. Their son (right), who is also led by AJ, was charged with murder. He was then 16 and was certified to be tried as an adult
In an incident on May 21, 2016, text & # 39; at Dawn Armstrong her son and husband, Antonio Sr. (left), because she heard that AJ (right) smoked marijuana in the house
Their son, also led by AJ, was charged with capital murder. He was then 16 and was certified to be tried as an adult.
The texts spanned the fall of 2015 to July 2016. On several occasions, Armstrong's parents called him too much money for bad grades or expenses.
He was founded once because he was not at home when he said he would, and again his car privileges were taken away, according to reports.
Another time, Armstrong was caught as if his girlfriend's parents were present when he was at her house.
On May 21, 2016, Dawn Armstrong sent her son and husband a text message saying that AJ smoked marijuana in the house.
He said it was an evaporator and he got rid of it, and his parents continued to rebuke him.
& # 39; Do not make a creative story about what it looked like again & # 39 ;, text & # 39; to his father.
On June 3, 2016, the couple confronted their son about various D & # 39; s he received at school.
The texts spanned the fall of 2015 to July 2016. On several occasions Armstrong's parents called him too much money for bad grades or expenses
Nathan Gates, an investigator at the Harris County District Attorney & # 39; s Office, presented the evidence to prosecutors and phone and iPad activity reports, including on July 28, 2016. Armstrong Jr. is pictured in court on April 2
He was not re-admitted to The Kinkaid School because of his performance, according to administrators and coaches who testified in the course of the trial.
& # 39; I won't even try to say sorry for everything, because right now I know my word means nothing to you, & # 39; said the teenager in a text message.
& # 39; I have put myself in the absolute worst possible position with not only school, but also the way you think of me. I know that my actions have taken me to another level and I know that I now need a major change in life. & # 39;
His mother said she & # 39; more than disappointed & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; All you do is lie to us, schedule behind our back, & # 39; she said.
His father added that they paid thousands of dollars in tutors to get his grades – which he thought was ultimately a waste of time.
Nathan Gates, an investigator at the Harris County District Attorney & # 39; s Office, presented the evidence to prosecutors, as well as phone and iPad activity reports, including on July 28, 2016.
His girlfriend asked in one text message why he didn't have his phone the other night and Armstrong replied: & # 39; Oh, I played with matches and set one and part of the carpet on fire and blamed my sister & # 39;
When he later spoke with investigators, Armstrong explained a fire spot on the top of the stairs in the same way.
Armstrong had collided with his brother Josh that day and talked more to his girlfriend.
He made a call on July 9 at 1.40 am and called his brother Josh at 1.57 pm.
Armstrong received two phone calls from his brother and then a text from his girlfriend at 3 a.m. who said: & # 39; OMG I'm very sorry, honey. & # 39;