Lawrence Decapitation Trial: Jurors Tour Key Locations

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(Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ NewsRadio)

LAWRENCE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Jurors in the murder trial of Mathew Borges viewed key locations in the case Friday morning, including the spot along the Merrimack River where the body of the teen Borges allegedly killed was found.

Borges is being tried as an adult in the murder of his classmate Lee Paulino in 2016, when Borges was just 15 years old. A dog walker found Paulino’s decapitated body by the banks of the Merrimack River in December of that year.

A State Police escort led a bus full of jurors from Salem Superior Court to Lawrence, where their first stop was Paulino's home.

Four of Borges' friends are accused of breaking into the house and stealing some of Paulino's belongings while Borges distracted Paulino by taking him to the banks of the river to smoke pot.

The area near the water, where Borges allegedly killed, beheaded, and mutilated Paulino was the last stop for jurors. The prosecution walked the jury down a dirt path to the river, to the spot where the gruesome killing happened.

Some of Borges' friends have testified that he confessed to the murder, but the defense argues that, while Borges was with Paulino that night, there was no evidence he killed the teen.

Prosecutors argued earlier this week that Borges killed Paulino because he was jealous of Paulino talking to a girl.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports

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