Opening statements began Monday in the trial of Wes Doughty, the man indicted in connection to a 2017 double murder in Peabody, Massachusetts.
Three witnesses were called to testify Monday in the trial, including one of the victims' mother.
"My grandson woke me up and said I needed to take this phone call," said Margot Bollertiero-Duarte, as she recalled the night she learned her son was killed. "I got on the phone; it was my daughter stating that my son was murdered."
Doughty was arrested in connection to the brutal murders of 40-year-old Jennifer O’Connor and 37-year-old Mark Greenlaw, who were found dead inside a home on 13 Farm Ave. The murders were so gruesome that investigators initially did not know how many victims there were.
The defendant spent six days on the run following the murders. Authorities found him panhandling outside a McDonald’s in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Two days before his capture, Doughty allegedly carjacked a 64-year-old man in Middleton, Massachusetts.
Prosecutors allege the defendant killed the victims because he thought Greenlaw was going to cut into his drug business.
Doughty pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.
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Michael Hebb, who admitted to helping cover up the killing, pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact.