Trial date set for Henrico murder suspect

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Prosecutors call the case against Kayla Armstrong a "deadly, jealous love rage." A jury will hear the case when it goes to trail in June.

Armstrong is accused of killing Kiona Braxton, who was three months pregnant and living with Armstrong's ex-boyfriend in Henrico County in 2008. Police recently arrested Armstrong after they found her hiding in a Chesterfield closet.

"My heart goes out to the other family too, and I love both families," said one of Armstrong's aunt outside the courthouse.

Armstrong had tears in her eyes as she looked back at her family in the court room Thursday morning. At the hearing, the judge set Armstrong's four day trial for June 5th. She's charged with first degree murder and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime in the death of Braxton back in December of 2008. Fire crews found Braxton's shot to death when they responded to a fire in her Henrico home.

Police say Armstrong and Braxton had a violent history. They haven't released an official motive, but they think the shooting may have stemmed from a fight between the two.

Armstrong's attorney said he didn't want to comment on the case right now. He also requested to hire a special investigator, but he must first inform the judge who it will be and how much it will cost by March 15th.

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