Jury deliberations begin in trial for Lawrence teen charged with beheading classmate

SALEM, Mass. (WHDH/AP) — Jury deliberations began Monday after lawyers made their final pitches to jurors in the case of a teenager charged with killing and beheading a high school classmate.

Closing arguments the trial of 18-year-old Matthew Borges wrapped up Monday in Salem Superior Court.

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Borges is accused of killing 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino in November 2016 because he was jealous the victim had spent time with his girlfriend. Viloria-Paulino’s body was found along the banks of the Merrimack River by a dog-walker. His head was found floating nearby.

The teens were classmates at Lawrence High School. Borges was 15 at the time but is being tried as an adult.

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Borges’ attorneys argued there’s no physical evidence to link Borges to the death. The defense did not call any witnesses before resting its case on Thursday.

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