SALEM (CBS) — A jury reached a verdict within the trial of 18-year-old Mathew Borges, who’s charged with beheading Lee Viloria-Paulino in November 2016. Borges was discovered of responsible of first-degree homicide.
He’s accused of killing Viloria-Paulino, a classmate at Lawrence Excessive College once they have been sophomores in 2016. Viloria-Paulino was final seen alive on November 18, 2016, when Borges informed police they smoked pot collectively. A canine walker discovered Viloria-Paulino’s physique on the banks of the Merrimack River about two weeks later.
Borges, who was 15 on the time, was tried as an grownup.
The jury of eight males and 4 ladies started deliberating Borges’s destiny late Monday morning in Salem Superior Courtroom.
Throughout closing arguments, prosecutor Jay Gubitose mentioned there was a “mountain of proof” in opposition to Borges, together with textual content and social media messages with buddies and love pursuits and a pocket book with entries seemingly premeditating the homicide. Gubitose mentioned Borges killed Viloria-Paulino as a result of he was jealous Viloria-Paulino had frolicked together with his girlfriend.
Investigators mentioned Borges stabbed the 16-year-old a number of occasions and lower his head off so the physique wouldn’t be acknowledged.
Protection legal professional Ed Hayden mentioned there was not sufficient proof to convict his shopper and he questioned the credibility of Borges’ buddies who testified in opposition to him.