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Jury begins deliberations in Boston doctor murder trial after suspect claims self-defense, says he was having an affair with victim

Lawyers at the murder trial for the man accused of murdering engaged anesthesiologists in Boston two years ago presented closing arguments on Monday and the jury is set to begin deliberations.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Bampumim Teixeira, 33, pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including two counts of first-degree murder, in the violent deaths of Dr. Lina Bolanos and Dr. Richard Field, engaged anesthesiologists who were found stabbed to death in their luxury Boston apartment in May 2017.

Responding officers, believing Teixeira was armed with a gun, shot him at the scene. The next day, he told detectives from his hospital bed that he had been having an affair with Bolanos which began in 2016, while he was briefly employed as a concierge at the high-rise building. He claimed she had told him to sneak in to the building that day of the murders to see her, and said Dr. Field came home and found them together. The suspect said that Dr. Field killed Dr. Bolanos in a jealous rage, and that Teixeira stabbed the doctor in self-defense, believing the doctor would kill him.

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Last week, the court heard a recording of Teixeira’s interview with police, in which he also said he didn’t know anything about messages that were written on the wall in the apartment. One of the messages reportedly said, “He killed my wife.”

In closing arguments on Monday, Teixeira’s attorney maintained that his client was not responsible for the crime he’s accused of, reportedly saying, “sometimes the truth is the hardest thing to believe,” according to CNN. 

In his closing arguments, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney John Pappas characterized Teixeira’s claims as “preposterous.”

The jury began its deliberations on Monday afternoon. 

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