In the last moments of her life, Dr. Lina Bolanos managed to call 911 from her fiance’s cellphone as they were held hostage in their South Boston condominium. But her voice was muffled and the Boston police dispatcher couldn’t make out what she was saying.
On Monday, her godmother wept on the witness stand as a recording of the emergency call was played at the murder trial of Bampumim Teixeira, 33, who is charged with killing Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field, who were both anesthesiologists.
“That was Lina’s voice,” Amanda Gibbs said in Suffolk Superior Court as she listened to the call, placed at 7:41 p.m. on May 5, 2017. Bolanos’ mother, Ana, who came from Spain to attend the trial, sobbed quietly from the front row of the gallery.
“Forty-one what? What’s the address?” the 911 operator asked, but there was no response before the line went dead. Four additional calls were made from Field’s cellphone between 7:06 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., but they didn’t go through because the caller either hung up or was disconnected, officials said.
Bolanos’ desperate call for help came after Teixeira attacked her in the penthouse apartment she shared with Field at the Macallen Building on 141 Dorchester Ave., prosecutors said.
Police found the couple with their throats slashed. Teixeira had stuffed Bolonas’ jewelry and other belongings into a duffel bag, prosecutors said.
On Monday, jurors were also shown security video of Bolaños as she arrived home at 4:49 p.m. and picked up two packages in the lobby of the building, then headed up to her 11th-floor condominium.
Teixeira, who worked as a concierge at the building for several weeks in 2016, had bypassed security and was waiting upstairs when Bolanos came home, according to prosecutors. Field arrived home about two hours later.
Police rushed to the building around 8:30 p.m., after learning that a friend of Field had received a text from the doctor’s cellphone saying there was a gunman in their apartment.
On Monday, Boston police Officer Scott MacIsaac told jurors that he shot and wounded Teixeira inside the condominium because he thought he was brandishing a gun.
MacIsaac, who was among a group of officers who arrived at the scene, said he saw packages strewn on the floor outside the unit and a set of keys, suggesting there had been a struggle. Officers knocked on the front door and yelled “Boston Police!” then used a key to enter when no one answered.
As MacIssac entered the dark apartment, “we saw a silhouette step out at the opposite end of the corridor,” he said.
“It appeared to us that he was holding a firearm,” said MacIsaac, demonstrating how Teixeira’s arms were outstretched and brought together a firing stance. “We yelled ‘Drop the gun.’ ”
He said he fired three or four times when Teixeira turned toward him.
Teixeira was struck three times and stumbled out of the apartment, slamming the door behind him, he said. Police quickly handcuffed him and learned he did not have a gun.
“I don’t know what he had in his hands,” MacIsaac said.
Boston police Detective Sean Wallace, who was also at the scene, told jurors that Teixeira was smiling as he held his right hand under his body while officers were trying to handcuff him. He said “there’s dead bodies, you guys are going to die.”
Teixeira also said, “They killed my wife,” and something about a “sniper,” Wallace said.
Teixeira’s attorney, Steven Sack, had urged the judge not to allow jurors to hear Wallace’s testimony about Teixeira’s statements, arguing that he had just been shot and was incoherent.
But Judge Mitchell Kaplan, who is presiding over the trial, allowed the testimony, saying there was no evidence that the statements were coerced. It was up to jurors to decide whether Teixeira was “in his right mind” when he made them.
Last week, Field’s friend, Matthias Heidenreich, said he had received a series of desperate text messages that read: “Call 111, Gun man, In house, Pls, Nw, Eriou, Erious, Serious.”
But Heidenreich said he didn’t see the texts until about a half hour after they were sent and was initially confused about what they meant or whether someone was playing a joke.
He shared the texts with his girlfriend and after they were unable to reach Bolaños or Field, she contacted the concierge at their building and called 911.
On Monday, Heidenreich’s girlfriend, Fabiana Fagundes, said she called the front desk at the Macallen building and told the concierge she received a text from Field’s cellphone saying a gunman was in their house. She also called 911.
The concierge who was working that night, Tawfiq Zuruf Musa Tongo, testified Monday that he called 911 after he was unable to reach either of the two doctors on their cellphones.