Man Accused of Slitting Doctors' Throats Did Not Have Gun and May Not Have Known Victims: Prosecutors
Police initially alleged Bampumim Teixeira had a gun and that he engaged in a shootout with police
A Massachusetts prosecutor is disputing some assertions by police in the case of Bampumim Teixeira, the man accused of slitting the throats of two engaged Boston doctors in their penthouse.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley said at a Monday night press conference that Teixeira did not shoot at police, contradicting an earlier statement by Boston police that “the suspect immediately began firing at the officers, causing them to return fire.”
Teixeira sustained three gunshot wounds at the scene: in the leg, abdomen and hand. He is still in the hospital for non life-threatening injuries.
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Additionally, Conley said that Teixiera may not have known the victims: Dr. Lina Bolanos, 38, and her 49-year-old fiancé, Dr. Richard Field. Conley told reporters that “there is no evidence whatsoever at this point” to conclude that Teixiera had a personal relationship with the victims.
This contrasts with earlier comments made by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who previously said it was likely the couple knew the suspect. “If someone would come here and go up to the 11th floor of a penthouse, we gotta believe there was some type of knowledge of each other,” Evans told reporters in a press conference last weekend.
PEOPLE has uncovered information that Teixeira once worked as a concierge in the building in which the victims lived, but has not been able to determine whether they ever interacted.
Conley said the brutality of the crime is confusing, saying that investigators don’t know why Teixeira allegedly “would attack them so viciously.” Police previously said the killer allegedly wrote a “message of retribution” on the wall in the victims’ blood.
During the press conference, he declined to give more details about the way the couple had died.
Although cops found a black backpack full of Bolanos’ jewelry at the scene, Conley declined to answer whether the motive was robbery.
Teixeira, 30, has been charged with two counts of murder. During Monday’s arraignment, a judge ordered him without bond. He has not entered a plea, and his court-appointed attorney has not returned PEOPLE’s calls for comment.