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Tehachapi man allegedly stabbed his sister to death after arguing about the air conditioner

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Posted at 4:24 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 19:55:11-04

TEHACHAPI, Calif. — A Tehachapi man allegedly stabbed his sister to death over an argument about the air conditioner, according to his wife's interview with officials.

Joey Armstrong, 36, was arrested last week for Gina Elena Armstrong's death. Tehachapi Police said that Joey Armstrong stabbed Gina Armstrong several times at their home in the area of 1400 South Green Street.

New information from court documents said that after a verbal argument between the two, about leaving windows open and running the air conditioning, Joey Armstrong's wife watched him grab a knife from their upstairs bedroom and leave the room "with a purpose."

The wife told officials that she left the house out of fear of what was about to happen.

Minutes later, both the wife and other family members allegedly heard Gina Armstrong's screaming. Gina Armstrong was found in the garage with eight to nine stab wounds, according to officials. She was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries.

In an interview with investigators, Joey Armstrong, allegedly said that he doesn't remember the incident because he blacked out from being overly intoxicated. Investigators reported a strong odor of alcohol coming from his mouth.

Court documents also revealed that officers located a t-shirt, hidden behind a hamper during a search warrant execution. The shirt allegedly had blood on it and it is believed to be the same shirt Joey Armstrong used to clean up his sister's blood.

Joey Armstrong has been charged with first-degree murder and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, September 18.