An East Boston teen held a video camera on himself as he stood next to the body of the man he is accused of murdering and said it “felt good’’ to end the life of the man who sexually molested him while posing as a caring family friend, officials said in a Boston courtroom today.
Marco Tulio Flores pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to charges of first-degree murder and arson in the May 22 killing of Jaime Galdamez inside Galdamez’s apartment on Saratoga Street in East Boston.
Flores is accused of strangling Galdamez with a chain and of later returning to the apartment and setting the victim’s body and bed on fire using charcoal lighter fluid. Responding Boston firefighters later discovered the victim’s body.
Flores, 17, was ordered held without bail by Magistrate Gary D. Wilson.
In court today, Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum provided new details about the death of the 28-year-old Galdamez — details that the prosecutor said came from a confession Flores gave to Boston Police and from a video diary Flores kept of the planned murder of the man he accused of molesting him.
According to Polumbaum, in one entry in his video diary, Flores was downcast that his plans to murder Galdamez were disrupted because the victim had suddenly gone on a trip. Flores and Galdamez lived around the corner from each other, officials said.
But On May 22, Polumbaum said, the plan became a reality when Flores made his way into Galdamez’s apartment and placed a chain around the older man’s neck. With the help of a knife, Flores tightened the chain, strangling Galdamez to death, the prosecutor said.
Polumbaum said Flores stole some cash, jewelry, and Galdamez’s large-screen television. But before Flores left, he turned a video camera on himself and said “it felt good to accomplish his goal,’’ Polumbaum said.
Flores went to the police station in East Boston early on May 23 and confessed, the prosecutor said.
Flores had seen a photograph of Galdamez standing next to a friend of his, a discovery that officials said convinced Flores that he had to act to protect his friend from Galdamez.
Flores’s mother and other relatives were in the courtroom today but declined to comment. Flores’s defense attorney James Budreau said his client has no prior criminal record of any sort.
Asked why Flores did not go to authorities with his allegations against Galdamez, Budreau said the mind of a 17-year-old works in different ways than that of a rational adult. He declined further comment.