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Suspect in South Boston killings charged with murder

The suspect in the slaying of two doctors in their South Boston home has been charged with two counts of murder, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office.

Bampumim Teixeira, a 30-year-old Chelsea man, was ordered held without bail Monday pending his trial for the killing of Lina Bolanos and Richard Field. His next court date is June 8.

Teixeira was arraigned while in a hospital bed at Tufts Medical Center on Monday afternoon by South Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael Bolden and Suffolk Chief Trial Counsel John Pappas, District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.

He is at the hospital due to injuries stemming from the confrontation he had with Boston police at the doctors’ home, 141 Dorchester Ave., Friday night.

Police found a backpack filled with jewelry at the apartment that is presumed to belong to Bolanos, Conley confirmed in a press conference Monday. 

Police and SWAT responded to the 11th-floor apartment around 8:30 p.m. Friday night, where the couple was found dead. A friend of Field contacted police to report a possibly robbery in the couple’s home after Field sent a cryptic text message, according to Conley.

Police found an intruder, later determined to be Teixeira, in a darkened hallway and shot Teixeira, believing him to be armed, Conley said. Earlier media reports inaccurately reported Teixeira first opened fire on police. 

“Officers believed this intruder either pointed or drew a weapon on them in this darkened hallway,” Conley said. “After speaking with [Police] Commissioner William Evans, we decided it was important to correct the record on this information as soon as possible.” 

Conley said the investigation is ongoing and nothing is being inferred from this information about the altercation with police.

Teixeira’s record includes a pair of larceny convictions, according to the DA’s office. In August 2014, Teixeira passed a note to a teller at a Boston bank demanding money. Two years later, in June 2016, Teixeira committed the same crime at the same location. After he was identified for that incident, he volunteered responsibility for the 2014 crime to officials.

Teixeira was recently released from prison after serving nine months for that crime.

Three days into the investigation, Conley said police had uncovered no information that connects Teixeira to Field or Bolanos. Police are also investigating a motive for the crime.

“Nor is there currently any evidence to explain why he would attack them so viciously at their own home,” Conley said.

Field worked at North Shore Pain Management. On its website, a statement from North Shore Pain Management addresses the “tragic loss of Richard Field.”

“Dr. Field was a guiding vision at North Shore Pain Management and was instrumental in the creation of this practice,” the statement reads. “He was a valued member of the medical community and a tremendous advocate for his patients. His tragic and sudden passing leaves an inescapable void in all of us. Our deepest thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Bolanos was a pediatric anesthesiologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and taught at Harvard Medical School.

Sunil Eappen, chief medical officer and chief of anesthesia at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, said in a statement on the hospital’s website that he was “privileged to know and work with Lina.”

“She was warm and caring with both parents and the children she treated, creating a sense of calm even while managing the most stressful of cases,” he wrote. “Everyone at Mass. Eye and Ear really loved her. 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.”

Additional reporting by Erin Tiernan

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