Closing arguments began Monday in the murder trial of a former concierge who claimed self-defense in the slaying of two Boston physicians found stabbed to death in their penthouse condominium.

Bampumim Teixeira, 33, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, armed robbery and kidnapping in the deaths of anesthesiologists Richard Field, 49, and Lina Bolanos, 38, in May 2017.

In his statement to police played in court Friday, Teixeira said that he was having an affair with Bolanos and that Field killed Bolanos in a rage after finding them together. Teixeira said he killed Field in self-defense.

Prosecutor John Pappas called Teixeira’s explanation “preposterous,” maintaining that Teixeira robbed and killed the engaged couple.

The prosecution presented its case over two weeks. Teixeira did not testify, and defense attorney Steve Sack presented no witnesses. Sack consistently maintained that the prosecution failed to prove its case.

Bolanos and Field made multiple, inaudible 911 calls that confused dispatchers who disconnected the calls. Field finally sent garbled texts to a friend, Matthias Heidenreich: “Call 111. Gun man. In house. Pls. Nw. Eriou. Erious. Serious.”

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Heidenreich didn’t see the texts until about 30 minutes later. Heidenreich testified that he called the building’s front desk. Police were called to the scene, and officer Scott MacIsaac said he shot Teixeira because the suspect appeared to be holding a gun.

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