A Framingham man will serve two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility for parole for the May 1, 2010 double homicide in Hudson, according Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone's office.
Idelfonso Velez, 29, of Framingham, was found guilty today by a Middlesex Superior Court jury on two counts of murder in the first degree.
“This defendant brutally stabbed two victims to death in their home and then portrayed himself as a victim while he lied and misled police,” Leone said in a statement. “The defendant will now spend the rest of his life behind bars for committing two awful murders. Our thoughts remain with the friends and family of Trisha Bennett and Angel Ortiz.”
According to authorities, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2010, Hudson Police responded to 200 Manning St. for reports of a home invasion. Upon arrival, police encountered Velez in the parking lot, suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Additional officers entered apartment 28A and followed a trail of blood leading from the living area down the hallway and into a bedroom, where officers observed the two victims suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Both victims were pronounced dead on the scene. They were identified as Trisha Bennett, 20, of Hudson and Angel Ortiz, 23, of Hudson.
While Velez was transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester, he told a Hudson police officer accompanying him that he was with Ortiz and another friend earlier in the day. He said he was dropped off at the apartment between midnight and 1 a.m., hung out with the two victims and went to bed at an unknown time.
Velez said he was later awakened to the sounds of a struggle taking place in the master bedroom.
The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on both victims and determined they were homicide victims. Massachusetts State Police then uncovered inconsistencies with Velez's statements, and members of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab tested numerous items of evidence seized during the investigation and DNA evidence linked the defendant to the murder weapon.
Velez was arraigned on August 4, 2010 in Marlborough District Court where he was held without bail. He was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on September 29, 2010.
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