Framingham Man Indicted In Connection With Hudson Double-Homicide

For Immediate Release September 30, 2010
Contact: Press Office

HUDSON- A Framingham man has been indicted in connection to the May 1 double-homicide in Hudson, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.

Idelfonso Velez, 28, of Framingham, was indicted today by a Middlesex Grand Jury on two counts of murder in the first degree.

An arraignment date has not been set.

According to authorities, at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1, Hudson Police responded to 200 Manning Street for reports of a home invasion. Upon arrival, police encountered the defendant in the parking lot, suffering from stab wounds.

Additional officers entered 200 Manning Street 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 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 State Medical Examiner’s Office (ME) conducted an autopsy on both victims. The ME ruled 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 alleged 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 August 4 in Marlborough District Court where Judge Robert Greco held the defendant without bail.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant District Attorney John Verner, Chief of the PACT Unit.  The Victim Witness Advocate is Lisa Schymonowytsch.

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