Jury finds teen guilty for beheading Dominican student in Lawrence

USA. After 9 hours of deliberations, the jury acting in the trial that was followed for two weeks to 18-year-old teenager Matthew Borges, he was convicted on Tuesday of all charges of murder in the first degree and the beheading of the Dominican student Lee Manuel Viloria Paulino who was 16, in November 2016.

The crime was so brutal that still the hands of Viloria Paulino, have not been found and died of 76 stabs that Borges gave him, when the two were as usual on the banks of the Merrimack River in Lawrence, to smoke marijuana, the two best classmates and friends in the high school of that city of Massachusetts.

At the start of the trial, prosecutors said that Borges murdered Viloria Paulino out of jealousy, after seeing him talk to his girlfriend in the cafeteria of the high school.

Borges, was 15 years old, when he killed the victim, but after being imprisoned in a juvenile detention center since 2016, he was tried as an adult in the Superior Court of Salem, with only one defense attorney and without any witnesses to favor him.

“Nothing can bring Lee Paulino to his family, who obviously loves him and misses him a lot,” Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said in a statement on Tuesday.

“I hope this verdict gives them some comfort and peace,” he added.

Borges’ lawyer, Edward Hayden, said outside the court that he disagrees with the jury’s verdict and will appeal the ruling, since there was no physical evidence linking Borges directly as the murderer of Viloria Paulino.

The sentence is scheduled for July 9 and Borges faces life in prison as a maximum penalty and a minimum of 25 years in prison.

In his closing arguments on Monday, Deputy District Attorney Jay Gubitose said that Borges had the means, the motive and the opportunity to kill Paulino.

“I had this fascination, a kind of obsession, with killing someone,” Gubitose said.

The prosecution argued that Borges was jealous because Paulino had spent time with his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said Borges distracted Paulino to get him out of his house while other teenagers stole it and then killed him.

The four suspects of the robbery in the house of the deceased, testified in the trial, assuring that Borges called them and everyone, heard loudly, when he told them that he had murdered and cut off Viloria Paulino’s head.

As Borges was a minor when Paulino was murdered, he faces a life sentence with the possibility of parole, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office.

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