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New Revelations in Cyclist Moriah Wilson's Murder As Plastic Surgeon Who Altered Killer's Face Speaks Out

“Viewers will see jealousy at its worst, probably unwarranted, certainly corrosive, and in the end, deadly,” Dateline correspondent Keith Morrison said of new details in the shocking crime.

By Jill Sederstrom
Moriah Wilson on Dateline: The Night Time Stopped

The brutal 2022 murder of professional cyclist Moriah "Mo" Wilson in Texas shocked the country.

Now, “new revelations” in the case will provide a fresh perspective on the slaying and detail the extreme lengths the killer was willing to go to to evade police in an all new Dateline NBC, airing Friday, April 5 at 9/8c p.m.

As the episode's official synopsis explains: “Keith Morrison reports new revelations in the murder case of professional cyclist Moriah Wilson that made world-wide headlines. The two-hour broadcast will include fresh courtroom evidence, a police interview with a key witness and an exclusive interview with the killer’s plastic surgeon, who was unaware of the murderer’s intentions to elude authorities.”

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What Happened to cyclist Moriah "Mo" Wilson?

Wilson, a renowned professional cyclist, was found dead in her friend’s Austin, Texas home on May 11, 2022 at age 25.

“Everything from the scene is saying that this is something very personal,” Det. Richard Spitler said in a preview clip of the Dateline episode, titled “The Night Time Stopped.” On the night of her death, Wilson had been out with fellow racer Colin Strickland, but investigators soon turned their attention away from Strickland himself and onto his girlfriend, Kaitlin Armstrong.

“He did not believe that Kaitlin was behind this, but he did believe that the police thought she was,” Claire Carter, attorney to Strickland, told Dateline of her client's reaction to the crime.

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But, just as the investigation into Armstrong was heating up, she disappeared, leading authorities on what Morrison described as a “long, weird, exotic” trail to track down the suspected killer. 

There were surprises galore in this story,” Morrison told NBC Insider. “Neither of the women fits any pattern of victim or perpetrator. Then, Kaitlin went to extremes we rarely see as she tried to escape the law, even plastic surgery. And, while being led to a court hearing, she somehow got out of her handcuffs and ran! Or tried to.”

Jorge Badilla on Dateline: The Night Time Stopped

The episode will feature all-new interviews with Armstrong’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Jorge Badilla, as well as Det. Richard Spitler, Det. Jonathan Riley, Christopher Stricklen, and Deputy U.S. Marshals Damien Fernandez and Emir Perez.

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“Viewers will see jealousy at its worst, probably unwarranted, certainly corrosive, and in the end, deadly,” Morrison promised of the upcoming episode.

To find out more about how the story plays out, watch Dateline Friday, April 5 at 9/8c p.m. on NBC, or stream the episode the next day on Peacock.

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