The Massachusetts man accused of brutally murdering two doctors in 2017 was lurking in front of the South Boston condominium complex where the couple lived before the killings, prosecutors said Thursday.
In their opening statement, prosecutors said video evidence will show that Bampumim Teixeira, 33, of Chelsea, was "looking, waiting, lurking out front" of the building on the day 49-year-old Richard Field, and 38-year-old Lina Bolanos were killed.
Field and Bolanos "had no idea when they woke up on May 5, 2017 that it would be their last," prosecutors said.
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They added that Teixeira "acted with a purpose and a plan" and promised to show the jury "compelling," and "overwhelming," evidence.
Teixeira's lawyers argued in opening statements there was no evidence that he broke into the apartment of the doctors, who were an engaged couple.
In opening statements, Teixeira's lawyers conceded that he was in the building but there was no evidence that he broke into the apartment of the doctors, who were an engaged couple.
"No scientific evidence. Listen carefully and critically to their conclusions because you will be the judges of the facts in this case," defense attorney Steve Sack said to the court.
Teixeira has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in connection to the homicides. Police found the couple dead with their throats slashes and hands tied behind their backs in their 11th-floor condo.
Investigators said they found a bag of Bolanos' jewelry and a second bag that had two replica guns, a knife and duct tape.
Prosecutors said Teixeira had no known relationship with the victims, but he once worked in the building where they were found.
"Their lives came to a violent and tragic end on May 5th, 2017. Why," prosecutor John Pappas asked. "Although the why to this story may never fully be explained to your satisfaction, the who - the who will absolutely never be in doubt."
During the opening statements, Teixeira appeared relaxed while grieving family members sat just one row behind him. Prosecutors say while the trial will be emotional, they plan to prove that Teixeira broke in with the intent to kill.
"One defendant with a purpose and a plan – this man. That night," Pappas said.
Prosecutors say a big part of their case will depend on video evidence — some of which was shown in court Thursday.
Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Field was an anesthesiologist at North Shore Pain Management.
Separately, the victims’ families filed a wrongful death lawsuit for a number of security issues believed to have led to the murders. They are expected to be present for the opening statements.