TEENAGE “killer” Matthew Borges, then 15, allegedly beheaded and hacked up his classmate after flying into a jealous rage because he talked to his girlfriend, according to prosecutors.
The body of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino was found on the banks of the Merrimack River in the city of Lawrence in Essex County, Massachusetts in 2016.
Borges is allegedly seen on surveillance video walking toward the river with Viloria-Paulino on the night of his death[/caption]
Viloria-Paulino’s body was found in December 2016 by a woman walking her dog[/caption]
Borges’ then girlfriend Leilany Dejesus, now 18, testified on Monday that Mathew Borges was consumed by rage and jealousy when he saw her talk with Viloria-Paulino at Lawrence High School.
She said that Borges was so angry that at one point the school dean had to escort him from the cafeteria, WBTS-TV reported.
Viloria-Paulino and Borges went to the riverbank to smoke marijuana, after which his family reported him missing the next day, according to WCVB-TV.
Viloria-Paulino’s body was found in December 2016 by a woman walking her dog, according to MassLive.
During opening statements of the trial on Monday, James Gubitose, the Essex County assistant district attorney, read a text message that Borges allegedly sent to a female friend.
The chilling text read: “I think of killing someone and I smirk.
“It’s all I think about everyday but I control myself…I like the sound of it – the idea of causing pain in someone getting in my way or causing me pain.”
Prosecutors say that Borges told other teens who were later interviewed by police: “I killed him. He’s dead.”
Borges, now 17, is allegedly seen on surveillance video walking toward the river with Viloria-Paulino on the night of his death, reported Daily Mail.
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Prosecutors said that while the two teens were out by the river, a group of four of Borges’ friends broke into Viloria-Paulino’s home.
The teens allegedly told police that Borges planned to kill Viloria-Paulino.
Prosecutors also alleged that a note found by investigators reveals how Borges planned to carry out the murder.
But according to WBZ-TV, Borges’ attorney, Ed Hayden, said the text messages and the note cited by prosecutors do not prove that his client is a killer.
He said: “There is no murder weapon, there is no tools to dismember a body, there are no fingerprints, there is no blood, there is no DNA.
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“In these thousands of texts and messages there is no evidence that Matthew killed Lee.
“Anything incriminating is referring to the house break.
“There is nothing in all these messages.”
Borges is being tried as an adult for first-degree murder.
Borges is being tried as an adult for first-degree murder[/caption]
Viloria-Paulino was just 16 years old when he was murdered[/caption]
The body of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino was found on the banks of the Merrimack River in Massachusetts, US, in 2016[/caption]
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