BOSTON — Bampumim Teixeira was found guilty Tuesday of killing Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos in their South Boston apartment in May 2017.
The 33-year-old was also found guilty of home invasion, kidnapping and armed robbery. He will be sentenced on Friday at 9 a.m., according to an announcement from the court.
Teixeira pled not guilty to first-degree murder charges when he was accused of killing Field, 49, an anesthesiologist at North Shore Pain Management, and Bolanos, 38, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. The pair was engaged.
Teixeira had no known personal relationship with either doctor, but had once worked briefly as a concierge in their building, prosecutors said.
He told investigators he was having an affair with Bolanos, and that when Field came home he became enraged and killed Bolanos. Teixeira said he then killed Field in self-defense.
He was removed from the courtroom twice on Tuesday.
In his initial outburst, Teixeira threatened the wife of assistant Suffolk District attorney John Pappas, saying, "Hey Pappas, you better hope I never get out of jail." Teixeira's attorney, Steven Sack, tapped his client on his arm to stop before multiple officers escorted him from the room.
The jury was not in the room at the time.
Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said her office is considering bringing additional charges against Teixeira for his outburst.
Just before 4 p.m. Teixeira was brought back into the courtroom to hear the verdict, but had to be quickly removed a second time by multiple security officers after yelling, "Do you want to know his last word?"
Jurors started deliberating Monday after closing statements.
With sentencing coming on Friday morning, the question now is will Teixeira continue his courtroom outbursts?
“There is a very experienced judge on the case," said David Yannetti, the former Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. “My expectation is the judge would bring him in and speak with him in open court - before there is ever a sentencing - explaining what the ground rules are.”
Yannetti remembers dealing with a similar situation back in 1998 when he prosecuted one of the killers in the Jeffrey Curley murder, where a 10-year-old Cambridge boy was kidnapped, raped and killed. The accused also had an outburst in the courtroom, prompting Yannetti and others to worry if it would happen again during sentencing.
“These cases are all pressure packed,” he said. “There’s a lot of emotion that is bottled up on both sides."
The prosecutor says Teixeira has a 6th amendment right to be in the room when he is sentenced, but added that there are some scenarios where that may not happen.
“The defendant has a right to be there, but, again, if the judge finds he [has] waived that right either explicitly or through his behavior and not able to conform to courtroom decorum, then you could be ordered out of the courtroom,” Yannetti said.
Teixeira’s sentencing will come right after the family gives their impact statements. Yannetti said the judge could also get creative.
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