AUSTIN (KXAN) — Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson’s name has been in a heartbreaking spotlight since she was shot and killed in May. She was a pro cyclist, rising in fame within the cycling world.

One of television’s most popular shows, Dateline NBC, will focus its 31st season premiere on her death. It’s a two-hour special from NBC correspondent Keith Morrison entitled “The Last Ride.”

The special will feature exclusive interviews with insiders in the case, including Rick Cofer, the defense attorney for Kaitlin Armstrong, who is accused of shooting and killing Wilson.

During the interview, Cofer tells Morrison the case against Armstrong is “predicated on a deeply misogynistic view of her,” and if the case goes to trial, “she will be found not guilty.” 

Armstrong fled to Costa Rica in May just days after Wilson was found dead. She was found and arrested by U.S. Marshals after changing her appearance and using fake names. A search warrant obtained by KXAN in August revealed she was in possession of her sister’s passport and a receipt for an over $6,000 plastic surgery, as well as several credit cards under various names.

During an interview Friday with KXAN, Morrison discussed what locals told him when he went to the community in Costa Rica where authorities eventually tracked down Armstrong and arrested her.

“When this new woman, very attractive woman, suddenly descended on the town, all the men in town were pretty much interested right away,” Morrison said. “They were a bit surprised when she went to get some surgery on her nose, and she colored her fair hair dark and cut it short. Some of her behaviors didn’t make a lot of sense to the locals, but they were welcoming and open. They were all shocked when they saw what happened and when they found the papers that she left behind when she was arrested.”

Wilson’s life ended just a week before her 26th birthday. She was in Texas ahead of the 150-mile (240-kilometer) Gravel Locos race, which she was favored to win, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported she had many aspirations, and those who knew her described her as “exceptional in every way.”

Find some of KXAN’s previous reporting on the case here:

Part of NBC’s interview with attorney Rick Cofer can be viewed online ahead of the Dateline special.

“The Last Ride” will air at 8 p.m. Central Time Friday night on KXAN.