Some folks are crying foul down in Grimes County, following the death of a woman early Monday morning in Navasota.
Later in the day, as details began to emerge, Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain announced that there were no suspects and no warrants had been issued, but that Armstrong’s body was sent for an autopsy in Dallas. Investigators also confirmed that Armstrong’s husband, Kelly, and the couple’s young son were in the house at the time of the shooting. The couple was planning to finalize divorce proceedings on the day the murder occurred.
On Tuesday, an arrest warrant was issued for Kelly Armstrong, along with a charge of first-degree murder. Justice of the Peace John LeFlore set his bond at $150,000. The man’s attorney, Billy Carter of Bryan announced that an arrangement had been made with the District Attorney and Mr. Armstrong would turn himself in around noon on Wednesday. Armstrong and his attorney did arrive at the Grimes County Jail on Wednesday as scheduled. Two hours later, after posting bond, Armstrong walked out of the jail.
Following the social media community outcry on Facebook, Grimes County District Attorney Tuck McLain responded to concerns over the bond amount set for Mr. Armstrong with the following:
"The bond amount recommended by the bond schedule adopted by the district Judges for a 1st degree felony is $20,000.00. Murder is a 1st degree felony. Judge Leflore set the bond at over SEVEN TIMES the recommended amount. The CCP sets five considerations for a Judge to use in setting bonds. 1. Bail must be sufficiently high to assure appearance; 2. It may not be "an instrument of oppression"; 3. Consider the nature of the crime; 4. The ability of the defendant to make bail & 5. The future safety of the victim and the community. As AB noted above, this case doe4s not qualify for a no bond under the Texas Constitution. My suggestion to many of you criticizing Judge LaFlore is 1. Learn something about what you’re talking about and 2) Figure out how to change the law if you don't like the way it is."
Many residents, however, continue to express their concerns that Armstrong’s family influence is resulting in preferential treatment. The case is set to be presented to a Grand Jury soon.