A Framingham man was found guilty Wednesday for a May 1, 2010 double homicide in Hudson,
Idelfonso Velez, 29, of Framingham, was found guilty by a Middlesex Superior Court jury in Woburn on two counts of murder in the first degree. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Sandra Hamlin sentenced the defendant to two consecutive sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“This defendant brutally stabbed two victims to death in their home and then portrayed himself as a victim while he lied and misled police,” Middlesex County District Attorney Gerry Leone said in a press release.
“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," said Leone.
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 the defendant in the parking lot, suffering from apparent stab wounds.
Additional officers entered 200 Manning St,Apartment 28A and immediately observed a trail of blood leading from the living area down the hallway and into a bedroom. Inside the bedroom, officers observed the two victims evidencing apparent stab wounds. Both victims were pronounced dead on the scene. The victims were identified as Trisha Bennett, 20, of Hudson and Angel Ortiz, 23, of Hudson.
The defendant was later transported to UMass Medical Center in Worcester. A Hudson police officer accompanied the defendant in the ambulance and discussed the defendant’s actions that evening. The defendant stated that he was with Ortiz and another friend earlier in the day. The defendant 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. The defendant stated he was later awoken to the sounds of a struggle taking place in the master bedroom.
Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and Hudson police immediately began a thorough investigation into the deaths. The Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on both victims. The Officeruled the cause of the death as multiple stab wounds and the manner of death was determined to be homicide.
During the course of the investigation, police uncovered inconsistencies with the defendant’s statements about what occurred the night of the murders. In addition, 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.
The defendant was arraigned on Aug. 4, 2010 in Marlborough District Court where Judge Robert Greco held the defendant without bail. He was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on Sept. 29, 2010.
The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Joseph Gentile and Nicole Allain.