Moments before Bampumim Teixeira was found guilty Tuesday of killing two doctors inside their South Boston condominium, he taunted the victims’ families and was forcibly removed from the courtroom.
“Want to know his last words?” Teixeira, 33, yelled as Dr. Richard Field’s mother, Kate Martin Zamora, sobbed in the front row of the gallery and other relatives and friends of the victims gasped.
“He said, ‘No,’ ” said Teixeira, referring to how Field bled to death after he stabbed him.
“Get him out of here,” said a court officer. A group of officers dragged him away.
After a brief recess, a Suffolk County jury of nine women and three men filed into the courtroom after deliberating for nearly eight hours over two days and found Teixeira guilty of first-degree murder for the stabbings of Field, 49, and his fiancee, Lina Bolaños, 38, on May 5, 2017.
He faces a mandatory term of life in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
Teixeira yelled, “want to know his last words?” apparently referring to the slaying of Dr Field. A dozen officers hauled him away. The doctor’s family is sobbing. Recess now, we are waiting for jury to arrive with verdict— Shelley Murphy (@shelleymurph) December 10, 2019
Teixeira, who had worked as a concierge at the Macallen Building for three weeks in 2016, used his knowledge to bypass security and sneak up to the 11th floor, where he hid in a utility closet with a peephole, prosecutors said. He attacked Bolaños when she got off the elevator and forced his way into the penthouse apartment. He was inside when Field arrived home about an hour-and-a-half later.
Bolaños and Field were stabbed to death and their hands handcuffed behind their backs, according to testimony. Police shot Teixeira during a confrontation inside the condominium as he was about to leave with a bag filled with the couple’s jewelry.
Jurors also found Teixeira guilty of six additional charges, including home invasion, armed robbery, and kidnapping for holding the anesthesiologists hostage inside their apartment as he tormented them.
As jurors left the courtroom, relatives of the doctors who had attended the trial during two weeks of wrenching testimony said through tears, “Thank you. Thank you.”
On Monday, Assistant District Attorney John Pappas had delivered an impassioned closing argument, detailing overwhelming evidence against Teixeira and scoffing at his claims that he acted in self-defense. On Tuesday, Teixeira was seething when he arrived in court.
“Did you hear what he said yesterday?” Teixeira said to his attorney, Steven Sack, as soon as court officers escorted him into the courtroom and removed his handcuffs and shackles.
“Hey Pappas,” Teixeira yelled. “You better hope I never get out of jail. Your wife is getting [expletive].”
Court officers grabbed him as he motioned toward Pappas and removed him from the courtroom. The outburst was in marked contrast to Teixeira’s mostly calm demeanor throughout the trial. On Friday, he had left the courtroom laughing and smiling as both sides finished presenting evidence.
But after the two outbursts on Tuesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Mitchell Kaplan said Teixeira had forfeited his right to be present for the jury’s verdict because “he was unable to control himself.”
Bolaños’s godmother, Amanda Gibbs, who testified at the trial, called the verdict “excellent.” She said the family was exhausted and did not wish to comment. Relatives will deliver victim impact statements on Friday.
Attorney Robert Pierce, who represents the families, said, “It’s been a terrible ordeal for the families and hopefully they can move on from this.”
Outside the courtroom after the verdict, Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said her office is investigating Teixeira’s threats against Pappas and vowed to hold him responsible.
“You don’t get to do that to the people of Suffolk County and certainly not my employees for doing their job,” Rollins said. “We’re confident he will spend the rest of his natural life in jail, and we’ll add some more years on top of that for what he did today.”
Teixeira’s attorney declined to comment on the verdict.
On the night of the stabbings, five 911 calls were placed from Field’s cellphone, but just one went through. In a muffled voice, Bolaños could be heard saying “hurry please,” but the operator could not determine her location before the line disconnected, according to testimony.
Police rushed to the building after being alerted that a friend of the couple had received a text message from Field’s cellphone that a gunman was in the apartment. Police shot Teixeira in a confrontation inside the apartment and recovered a BB gun, knives, masks, handcuffs, and duct tape.
In an interview with police the next morning from his hospital bed, Teixeira claimed he sneaked into the building because he was having an affair with Bolaños and wanted to be discreet. In a recording that was played for jurors, Teixeira told police he was chatting with Bolaños when Field came home, became enraged, grabbed a gun and two knives, and killed her. Teixeira said he briefly hid in a bathroom, then overpowered Field and stabbed him in self-defense.
“It was not enough for him to murder them in their own home,’’ Pappas said of Teixeira. “Not enough for him to destroy their lives. . . . He had to destroy their names as well.”
Pappas called Teixeira’s version of events “utterly absurd and ridiculous.” He told the jury Teixeira had “no real or imagined relationship” with Bolaños and could not even tell police her name. Teixeira had served nine months in jail for robbing the same bank twice, and had been released just weeks before the slayings.
Travis Andersen and John R. Ellement of the Globe staff contributed to this report. Shelley Murphy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.