Lawrence Decapitation Trial: Medical Examiner Testifies

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Mathew Borges. (Lawrence Police)

SALEM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — As the murder trial of a Lawrence teen accused of killing and dismembering his classmate moved into day six Monday, jurors heard testimony from the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on the victim's body.

Mathew Borges is accused of killing Lee Paulino in November 2016, when Borges was just 15 years old. Paulino was found the next month, his body decapitated, by a man walking his dog along the banks of the Merrimack River.

Medical Examiner Dr. Maria Mara Capo Martinez described how Paulino's body came to her office dressed in a dark sweatshirt and dark pants, soaked in the water of the Merrimack as well as blood.

She told the court that there were a total of 76 wounds to Paulino's body, and gave her opinion on the cause of his death as "multiple shock force injuries."

Martinez described the state of decomposition in which Paulino's body was found.

Pictures of the medical examination of Paulino's body were not shown to the gallery, but Paulino's family bent and wept in their seats as they heard the details.

Borges was also able to view the photos.

Last week, jurors heard from friends of Borges who said he confessed the murder to them, from the man walking his dog who found Paulino's body, and from prosecutors, who said that jealousy over a girl led to the murder.

On Friday, they left the courtroom to tour key locations in the case, including the home Paulino shared with his family and the area along the Merrimack where his body was found.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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