A man accused of murdering a Boston, Massachusetts couple who were both doctors was “lurking” outside of their building before he found a way inside and murdered them both, prosecutors have claimed.
Bampumim Teixeira, 32, has been accused of breaking into the condominium of Dr. Lina Bolanos, 38, and Dr. Richard Field, 49, in South Boston two years ago, and then handcuffing and killing the couple, WCVB, a local ABC affiliate station, reports.
Prosecutors claimed during opening statements on Thursday that Teixeira, who is being tried in Suffolk Superior Court, was able to get past security and into the engaged couple’s home on May 5, 2017 carrying knives, handcuffs, and duct tape, the Boston Herald reports.
The state claims that Teixeira worked in the building as a concierge prior to the couple’s slaying, and that he planned the robbery, learning about the building and its points of entry, while he was an employee, according to the outlet.
Both Field and Bolanos were found dead and wearing handcuffs; Field was in a “pool of his own blood” while Bolanos had been stabbed in the neck multiple times, prosecutor John Pappas said, according to WCVB.
“As Lina Bolanos was getting ready for work that morning another person was making his way to South Boston — looking, waiting, lurking out front and out back for just the right opportunity to present itself. And it did,” Pappas said, according to the Herald.
Boston police responded to the scene after Field was able to call 911 multiple times and text a friend for help; upon their arrival, officers shot Teixeira, WCVB reports.
Teixeira is facing two counts each of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping, as well as one count of armed home invasion, WBZ-TV, a local CBS affiliate station, reports. He has pleaded not guilty.
Defense attorney Steven Sack claimed during Thursday’s hearing that there is a lack of evidence tying his client to the crimes, according to WCVB.
“No video, no audio, no scientific evidence, no credible evidence will tell you that Bampumim Teixeira broke in to the home of Lina Bolanos and Richard Field and murdered them,” Sack said.
Field worked as an anesthesiologist at North Shore Pain Management, while Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
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