Suspect in killings of engaged doctors in Boston penthouse ordered held without bail – Chicago Tribune
The investigation into the killings of two doctors in their luxury penthouse condominium took a surprise turn Monday when prosecutors corrected earlier accounts by authorities who said police shot a suspect after he opened fire on them inside the couple’s apartment.
Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel Conley held a news conference to correct details of the investigation. In addition to saying the suspect did not fire at police, Conley also clarified earlier statements by Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, who said he believed the doctors knew their assailant.
Bampumim Teixeira was charged with two counts of murder Monday in the killings of Dr. Richard Field and Dr. Lina Bolanos, two anesthesiologists who planned to marry.
Teixeira received three gunshot wounds after police confronted him in the condo Friday night. Police initially said officers opened fire on Teixeira after he shot at them while they were responding to a report of a gunman in the apartment
During Teixeira’s hospital arraignment Monday afternoon, prosecutor John Pappas described that same scenario. But late Monday, Conley said Teixeira did not shoot at police.
Conley said police were sent to the building after Field, in his final moments of life, texted a friend to report “a gunman in the house.”
He said police entered the apartment and were confronted by Teixeira. He said police — in the darkened apartment — believed Teixeira either pointed or fired a gun at them. Authorities now believe that one officer responded by firing his weapon, then other officers also fired their guns.
“We are simply informing the public to correct the record,” Conley said.
Conley also said there is “no evidence whatsoever” at this point to conclude Teixeira had a personal relationship with Field or Bolanos.
Conley said authorities do not know why Teixeira “would attack them so viciously” in their home.
Pappas said police found a backpack near the front door that was filled with jewelry they believe belonged to Bolanos.
Authorities released few details during Teixeira’s arraignment. They did not say how the couple was killed or how Teixeira managed to get through security and get up to the 11th floor of the building, where the couple lived. Conley did say a knife was found at the scene.
Teixeira, 30, lay in his bed at Tufts Medical Center covered up to his chin by a blanket during the arraignment. He kept his eyes closed through most of the proceeding.
Steven Sack, a court-appointed attorney for Teixeira, entered not-guilty pleas on his behalf to two counts of murder. He did not argue for bail.
Pappas said Teixeira was shot in the hand, abdomen and leg during the shootout with police. Teixeira mumbled, “Thank you,” at the end of the arraignment.
Teixeira, of Chelsea, had recently been released from jail after serving time for larceny. Last June, he passed a note demanding money at a Boston bank. He committed the same crime two years earlier, prosecutors said.
His next court date is June 8.
In the moments before his death, Field managed to send one last text message to a friend. He pleaded for help, saying there was an armed man inside, the Boston Globe and WCVB reported.
His body, and his fiancee’s, would be found by a SWAT team during a protective sweep of the building after the shootout between the gunman and police.
Field was a physician at North Shore Pain Management, and his fiancee, Lina Bolanos, was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Their patients and colleagues mourned their deaths over the weekend, remembering the doctors as outstanding members of the medical community.
“Dr. Bolanos was an outstanding pediatric anesthesiologist and a wonderful colleague in the prime of both her career and life,” John Fernandez, President and CEO of Massachusetts Eye and Ear said in a statement.
Field was described by North Shore Pain Management as a “guiding vision” who was “instrumental” in the creation of the practice in 2010. Prior to his work there, Field was an anesthesiologist and pain management specialist at Beverly Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His biography said he had been an instructor at Harvard Medical School.
“His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us,” a statement on the clinic’s website read, calling Field “a tremendous advocate for his patients.”
One of his patients, Debra Harrington, told the Boston Globe she had seen Field regularly for more than 12 years for treatment of back pain. Even after Harrington moved out of town to Marlboro, she continued to drive more than an hour to see him in Beverly, “because I didn’t want to lose him,” she said. “It was worth it.”
“I feel like I lost a friend,” Harrington said Sunday night after hearing the news of his death.
Harrington recalled one time when she was scared before undergoing an epidural procedure. Field stood by her bedside, praying with her.
“I don’t know what religion he is,” she said. “I said, ‘Will you pray with me?’ He said, ‘Of course I will.'”
Dr. Sunil Eappen, chief medical officer and chief of anesthesia at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said he first met Bolanos when she was a young researcher.
“I watched her mature and blossom from a young medical school graduate to a fabulous experienced pediatric anesthesiologist,” he said.
Eappen said she performed her job with both great skill and compassion.
“Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her,” he said. “It is desperately hard for all of us to fathom that our friend who never failed to brighten our days is no longer with us.”
The Washington Post contributed to this report.