The man accused of killing two doctors in their South Boston condo watched a lengthy video on Wednesday of the crime scene that was taken by Boston police just hours after the victims were brutally murdered and left with their hands cuffed behind their backs.
Bampumim Teixeira sat with his attorney, Steven J. Sack, in Suffolk Superior Court reviewing the recording on a video screen at the defense table while two court officers stood behind him, attempting to prevent victims’ families from inadvertently catching a glimpse of the horrific crime scene.
Teixeira is facing two counts of first-degree murder for allegedly killing Dr. Richard Field and his fiancee, Dr. Lina Bolaños, inside their 11th-floor penthouse in the Macallen building on May 5, 2017, in an apparent robbery. Teixeira, 33, has pleaded not guilty.
The crime scene video, which was not shown on public monitors, lasted about 20 minutes. The camera traveled through the unit as well as the hallway of the building where Teixeira was shot by Boston police who arrived to investigate 911 calls that an armed man was inside.
At one point while the video was playing, Bolaños’s mother, Ana, became overcome and was comforted by Amanda Gibbs, Bolaños’s godmother who appeared as a prosecution witness earlier this week and identified Lina Bolaños’s voice on a desperate 911 recording.
Teixeira allegedly lurked inside the 11th-floor hallway of the condo and attacked Bolaños when she returned home around 4:50 p.m. Field returned home at 6:38 p.m., Suffolk Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said.
According to forensic testimony, someone used Field’s cellphone to call Boston police on 911 eight times between 7:05 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. But only two of those calls were connected; one lasted for four seconds and the other for two minutes and 52 seconds, Boston police Sergeant Scott Mackie testified.
Boston police called Field’s cellphone back three times, but the calls did not connect, said Mackie, who pulled the phones’ data files. Bolaños’s cellphone was used at 4:41 p.m. for a Google search, but she never responded to subsequent telephone calls, text messages, or e-mails, Mackie testified.
At another point during the trial Wednesday, jurors were shown a BB gun that looked like a black large-caliber revolver and a folding knife that was open when police found it at the scene covered with “reddish-brown stain,” Lieutenant Daniel Duff testified.
The commander of the SWAT team that searched the unit, after Teixeira allegedly told officers a sniper had killed the doctors, described how he discovered photographs of Field had been defaced and an accusation against the anesthesiologist scrawled on a wall lined with photos.
In all capital letters and in inks of varying colors, someone had written “HE KILLED MY WIFE” and the word, “payback,’’ the Boston Police Department’s Edward Meade testified.
Teixeira was not married. When police tackled Teixeira, an officer testified Tuesday, he also told them, “They killed my wife.”
Meade said officers went room to room and discovered Field and Bolaños in separate rooms. They were dead and had their hands cuffed behind their backs. They had sustained massive injuries and were coated with some type of slippery liquid, he said.
While searching the condo, Meade testified he saw that one wall in the unit was covered with photographs of a man and a woman that appeared to have been taken while they were traveling. Several individual photos of Field were defaced with a “mark” and words were written on the wall underneath the line of photos.
Jurors were shown a photograph of the scene. The markings on photos of Field were black, while the scrawled words appeared to be in varying colors of ink.
Meade said he saw the words, “payback,” “you killed my wife,” and in larger letters underneath the photos, “HE KILLED MY WIFE.”
Teixeira had briefly worked in the building as a concierge in 2016 and had completed a nine-month sentence for two bank robberies just weeks before the murders.