Kelly Armstrong was among several high profile missing women's cases in 2011, and her former boyfriend was quickly apprehended regarding her death. However, he was only facing manslaughter charges for her life ending. He originally claimed that the two had fought over drugs when he killed her, which may or may not be true. Without there being a body in this case, it's hard to believe anything that is being said, but he did in fact admit to killing the missing woman, so he deserves to face these charges -- which have been upgraded from manslaughter to murder.
Last week this case made waves again because the DA imposed a plea deal for the suspect, Travis Funke, that leveraged the child he shared with the murdered woman. After the parents of Kelly Armstrong made a much-deserved fuss over this, the plea deal was dropped and the murder charges ensued anyway. This is a relief to anyone who has followed this case closely.
Unfortunately, the child shared by the murder victim and the man charged with killing her is in foster care and not with his maternal family. This is a shame and seems to be more insult to the injury that exists from losing one's mother at such a young age.
This is a really messed up case, and the trial is going to be even more nasty. It's a shame that the body of the missing woman was never found, because this would be the most important piece of evidence against Funke, even if he did already admit to killing her.
Crime analyst and profiler Chelsea Hoffman can be found on The Huffington Post, Chelsea Hoffman: Case to Case and many other outlets. Follow @TheRealChelseaH on Twitter or click here to contact Chelsea directly.