Bampumim Teixeira, 33, is on trial for first-degree murder in Boston
Chilling evidence photos have emerged showing the message that was scrawled on the wall of two Boston doctors who were engaged to be married before they were bound and stabbed to death in their penthouse apartment.
Lina Bolanos, 38, and her fiance, 49-year-old British citizen Richard Field, were found dead in pools of their own blood with multiple stab wounds in May 2017. The couple’s former doorman, Bampumim Teixeira, 33, is on trial for first-degree murder in the deaths.
Newly released photos show the words ‘he killed my wife’ scrawled on the wall of the murder scene, along with marks crossing out Field’s face in several family photos. ‘Payback’ was also found scribbled on the walls.
As he was taken into custody at the scene, the suspect Teixeira muttered ‘they killed my wife’ and told Boston cops ‘you guys are going to die,’ as well as mentioning a ‘sniper,’ Boston police detective Sean Wallace testified at trial last week.
Doctors Lina Bolanos, 38 (left), and Richard Field (right), 49, were found dead in May 2017.
It is unclear whether Teixeira, a native of West Africa and U.S. green card holder, had ever been married either in America or abroad.
Both Bolanos and Field were respected anesthesiologists, and Teixeira’s only known connection to them was that he had formerly been briefly employed as a doorman in their luxury apartment building.
Prosecutors have said that the exact motive of the brutal slayings may remain forever mysterious, but have pointed out that a bag filled with jewelry at the scene, suggesting robbery as a motive.
Teixeira had previously been repeatedly convicted of bank robberies, but avoided deportation through plea deals with Massachusetts prosecutors.
Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said: ‘Although the why to this story may never be fully explained to your satisfaction, the who will absolutely never be in doubt.’
The shocking double murder unfolded over the course of several hours on May 5, 2017.
Prosecutors say that a person wearing a bright yellow shirt and carrying a string-style backpack — like the items found with Teixeira at the murder scene — snuck into the apartment building through the garage shortly before 4pm.
Bolanos entered the building at about 5pm. Field arrived home from work at about 6.30pm — but remained alive through two hours of sick torture, as shown by his desperate attempts to dial 911 and text friends for help.
Bampumim Teixeira (pictured), 33, the man who is accused of killing two Boston doctors, scrawled the words, ‘he killed my wife,’ on the wall of their home, a court heard on Tuesday
The South Boston luxury apartment building where two Boston doctors were bound and killed in their penthouse apartment is seen days after the murders
Bolanos also called 911 in her own desperate plea for help, and last week jurors heard audio of the operator hanging up on her muffled replies.
Bolanos’ godmother, Amanda Gibbs, told the court that the voice on the emergency call made that night was that of her goddaughter, CBS reported. A tearful Gibbs said: ‘That was Lina’s voice.’
The 911 call to police was cut short when the operator hung up, unable to understand her muffled replies, jurors were told.
The couple’s loved ones were seen crying and comforting one another in court as the operator repeatedly asks if the caller had an emergency. With no direct reply the call handler says: ‘I’m releasing this call.’
Field also made five 911 calls from his cellphone between 7.06pm and 7.45pm, but four of them didn’t go through because the caller either hung up or the line was disconnected. When one of the calls did go through, the line was silent.
After his own attempts to call 911 failed, Field had also sent panicked texts to a friend, begging for help, the court heard.
Matthias Heidenreich, a scientist who works for Boston-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals, testified in Suffolk County Superior Court on Friday that his friend sent desperate messages in the moments before he died.
Matthias Heidenreich, a scientist who works for Boston-based Vertex Pharmaceuticals, testified that the victim Field sent him desperate text messages calling for help
Lobby surveillance video shows that Field arrived home at around 6.30pm. Over the next two hours, he attempted multiple 911 calls that disconnected and texted a friend for help
Matthias Heidenreich, a friend of Field, testified that he received text messages from him on the night he was murdered. ‘Call 111, Gun man, In house, Pls, Nw, Eriou, Erious, Serious,’ the text messages read
‘Call 111,’ the first text message read. Heidenreich later understood that Field meant to text ‘911.’ The next text read: ‘Gun man. In house. Pls. Nw.’
In the next few lines, Field twice tried to spell out the word ‘Serious’.
‘I was confused for the first minutes,’ Heidenreich testified on Friday. He said he then showed the messages to his girlfriend.
Heidenreich then texted Field back: ‘911?’
‘I wanted to see whether it was a mistake,’ said Heidenreich. When he didn’t hear back from his friend, he grew worried.
His girlfriend called the concierge desk at the Macallen Building where Field and Belanos lived. They then dialed 911.
According to Heidenreich, he and his girlfriend hailed an Uber and drove to their friend’s building, where they saw police cars outside. Minutes after arriving, they heard gunshots.
Later that night, police told him that Field and Bolanos had been killed.
Family and friends of the victims listen to the proceeding as Bampumim Teixeira is arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court in Boston on July 10, 2017
West Africa native Teixeira briefly worked as a doorman in the couple’s luxury South Boston apartment complex, and prosecutors say he used his intimate knowledge of the building and tenants to meticulously plan the brutal murders
Teixeira briefly worked as a doorman in the couple’s luxury South Boston apartment complex, and prosecutors say he used his intimate knowledge of the building and tenants to meticulously plan the brutal murders.
Prosecutors say that while the couple was working, Teixeira, who was wearing gloves, a hooded jacket, and carrying a backpack and bright yellow shirt, snuck into the building via the garage just before 4pm.
‘(He was) looking, waiting, lurking, out front, out back, for just the right opportunity to present itself,’ Assistant District Attorney John Pappas said during opening statements.
Teixeira allegedly climbed up an unlocked stairway to the 11th floor penthouse carrying what prosecutors call ‘implements of destruction,’ including knives, handcuffs, duct tape, and pliers.
Bolanos arrived home just before 5pm. Authorities said that her keys as well as two packages she was carrying were later found strewn in the hallway.
Jurors watched security camera footage that showed Field entering the lobby elevator at 6.38pm.
‘(Field was found) dead in a pool of his own blood. His hands bound behind his back with handcuffs,’ Pappas said at the trial, according to WCVB.
Officers respond to the scene the night that the bodies of Field and Bolanos were found
Both Linda Bolanos and Richard Field filled their Facebook pages with photos of them traveling the world and the US. In this photo, they were in New Orleans for Mardis Gras
‘Lina Bolanos was also in a pool of her blood after having been stabbed repeatedly in the neck.’
When police arrived, they say they encountered Teixeira dressed in dark clothing and wearing gloves.
Officers believed that Teixeira pointed a weapon at them.
Two officers shot and wounded him, according to authorities. He was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Outside the apartment, police found a backpack with replica firearms and jewelry, according to authorities.
They also found a bright yellow shirt and a carving knife.
Teixeira’s lawyer, Steven Sack, disputed the prosecutors’ claims.
‘No video, no audio, no scientific evidence, no credible evidence will tell you that Bampumim Teixeira broke into the home of Lina Bolanos and Richard Field and murdered them,’ he said. ‘And that’s because he didn’t.’
The trial resumed on Wednesday.