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Suspect in doctors' slayings once worked at their posh condo

12 May 2017
Suspect in doctors' slayings once worked at their posh condo

At Tufts Medical Center, Monday, May 8, 2017, in Boston, prosecutor John Pappas, second from left, reads as Judge Michael Bolden, right, takes notes during the arraignment of Bampumim Teixeira, left.

An immigrant charged Monday with the grisly murder of two Boston doctors reportedly had years earlier burglarized the same bank on two separate occasions and received 364 in jail days as a result - a sentence just one day short of legally justifying his deportation.

A Facebook profile belonging to Dr Field says he was from the United Kingdom, while it has been reported he was born in Hammersmith, west London.

At a September plea hearing, a prosecutor and lawyer for Bampumim Teixeira presented a joint motion to reduce the charges against the Chelsea man from two counts of unarmed robbery, to larceny from a person, according to an audio recording of the hearing obtained by the Herald.

On Friday, authorities came upon a grim scene inside a luxury 11th floor condo at 141 Dorchester Ave. - the home of engaged anesthesiologists Lina Bolanos, 38, and Richard Field, 49. Upon arrival, law enforcement inspected the apartment and two police officers eventually opened fire on Teixeira because they believe he "either pointed or fired a weapon at them", according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

The North Shore Pain Management centre, where he had worked since 2010, spoke of him as a "guiding vision" who gave patients and colleagues his "tireless devotion".

"Dr. Bolanos was an outstanding pediatric anesthesiologist and a wonderful colleague in the prime of both her career and life", he said in a statement.

On Friday, he was arrested after police responded to reports of a gunman inside the high-rise apartment block where the couple lived. He was shot three times when police arrived at the scene where they found a backpack full of jewellery, a replica firearm and at least one knife.

As doctors, Field and Bolanos "dedicated their professional lives to alleviating suffering and ensuring the safety of those most vulnerable - children undergoing surgery".

In a statement, Field's family called the deaths of both doctors "a tragedy beyond measure". Those were clean, the company said.

"Based on our experience, a defendant in these circumstances - that is, with no weapon, no use of actual force, and no criminal record of any kind - could very likely receive straight probation in the Superior Court", Wark said.

There is now no evidence to point at any connection or relationship between Teixeira and the doctors, Conley said. He was recently released from prison after serving nine months for the most recent crime.

A motive is still under investigation, he said.

The case returns to court on June 8.