A Boston jury on Tuesday deliberated the fate of a former concierge accused of fatally stabbing two anesthesiologists as the doomed couple fired off desperate calls and texts for a rescue that came too late to save them.
The explosive trial grew more heated Tuesday when the defendant, Bampumim Teixeira, was removed from the courtroom after threatening to assault the wife of prosecutor John Pappas. The jury was not in the courtroom at the time.
“Hey Pappas, you better hope I never get out of jail,” Teixeira said.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins issued a statement after the incident saying her office was investigating. Teixeira could face additional charges, she said.
“I will never stand idly by if the safety of my employees or my communities is threatened,” Rollins said.
Teixeira, 33, is already charged with two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping in the deaths of anesthesiologists Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38, in May 2017. Teixeira, a native of West Africa who came to the U.S. in 2010, tells a different tale.
Teixeira told police he was having an affair with Bolanos and was with her in the couple’s penthouse condominium when Field came home the day of the murders. Teixeira, in a recorded statement played for the jury last week, said an irate Field killed Bolanos and that he, Teixeira, then killed Field in self defense.
Defense lawyer Steven Sack called no witnesses, instead telling the jury during closing arguments Monday that the prosecution failed to prove Teixeira committed murder.
“I never told you he didn’t kill Richard Field – because he did,’’ Sack told the jury during his closing statement. “He killed him in self-defense, and that’s not murder.”
Pappas dismissed Teixeira’s explanation as “utterly absurd.”
Bolanos and Field made several 911 calls but never spoke to the dispatchers, who ultimately ignored the calls. Field finally sent garbled texts to a friend, Matthias Heidenreich: “Call 111. Gun man. In house. Pls. Nw. Eriou. Erious. Serious.”
Heidenreich testified that he saw the texts about 30 minutes later and immediately called the building’s front desk and 911. Officer Scott MacIsaac responded to the scene, testifying he shot Teixeira because the suspect appeared to be holding a gun.
Teixeira was arrested outside the condominium. Officers testified they found bags with jewelry, a carving knife, a replica firearm and other items. Detective Sean Wallace testified that Teixeira told arresting officers, “You guys are going to die” and “They killed my wife.”
The couple’s bodies were found inside, hands bound, each in a pool of blood. The words “he killed my wife” and “payback” were scrawled on the walls of the couple’s home.
Teixeira, when asked by police about the defacement, offered no explanation. Pappas told the jury the evidence against Teixeira was “overwhelming.”
Sack had a simple plea to the jury: “Sometimes the truth is the hardest thing to believe.”
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Contributing: Associated Press