Broadcast Features Exclusive Interviews with Key Insiders in Case, Including the Alleged Killer’s Defense Attorney
PLUS: Click Here to Listen to the Just-Released Trailer for the Latest Podcast from ‘Dateline’ & Josh Mankiewicz
Sept 13, 2022 – Dateline NBC will kick off its 31st season this Friday at 9pm ET/8pm CT, with an all-new report from correspondent Keith Morrison on the murder of star cyclist Anna Moriah Wilson. The two-hour special will feature exclusive interviews with insiders in the case that sparked worldwide headlines, including the defense attorney for Kaitlin Armstrong. Armstrong is currently the only suspect in the murder investigation after U.S. Marshals arrested her in Costa Rica this summer following a weeks-long search. She has pleaded not guilty.
During the sit-down interview, attorney Rick Cofer tells Morrison that the case against Armstrong is “predicated on a deeply misogynistic view of her” and that if the case goes to trial, “she will be found not guilty.” Pressed about a key piece of video evidence showing Armstrong’s car at the crime scene during the time of the murder, Cofer responded: “There’s no evidence presented ever of a license plate on this vehicle, of any description of an occupant of the vehicle.”
Click here to watch the exchange. A transcript of the interview excerpt is below.
The special, entitled The Last Ride, also features exclusive network interviews with Armstrong’s friends in Costa Rica, as well as Costa Rica National Police Captain Fluvio Fernandez.
Leading up to Friday’s season premiere, Dateline also released the trailer for Internal Affairs, an all-new six-episode podcast featuring reporting from Dateline correspondent Josh Mankiewicz on a deadly romantic affair in a police department in Northern Colorado. The first two episodes debut Tuesday, Sept 20 and subscribers to Dateline Premium can start listening today.
RICK COFER: The crux of law enforcement’s theory from within the first 24 hours of this case, they had decided that Kaitlin Armstrong is a crazy, jealous person who, in a fit of rage, murdered Miss Wilson. The whole case against Kait Armstrong is predicated on a deeply misogynistic view of her.
KEITH MORRISON VOICE OVER: BUT THERE IS THAT KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE THE ONE THAT LED INVESTIGATORS TO KAITLIN IN THE FIRST PLACE. VIDEO OF HER JEEP AT THE CRIME SCENE AT THE TIME OF THE MURDER.
RICK COFER: So this dark-colored SUV, that’s where the detective really wants to start to hang this horrible crime on Kaitlin Armstrong. There’s no evidence presented ever of a license plate on this vehicle, of any description of an occupant of the vehicle.
KEITH MORRISON VOICE OVER: COFER SAID THAT CAN’T BE KAITLIN IN THE JEEP FOR ONE SIMPLE REASON.
RICK COFER: You can’t be in two places at once. That’s just kind of some simple math.
KEITH MORRISON: Okay. So you’re saying that she wasn’t in the vicinity of the murder when the murder occurred and you can prove it.
RICK COFER: I don’t have to prove that. That’s not how the system works.
KEITH MORRISON: You just said the simple math was in error, so that maybe they –
RICK COFER: Lemme put it this way.
KEITH MORRISON: – it implies that you have proof.
RICK COFER: I expect this, the government’s own evidence will acquit Kaitlin Armstrong. They just haven’t looked at it. Kaitlin Armstrong is not guilty. And if this case goes to trial, if the district attorney doesn’t dismiss it before trial, she will be found not guilty.
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