Indian charged with the murder of school friend

Gupta attacked Mark E Waugh with a knife after he found his girlfriend cheating on him with Waugh.

Written by PTI | Washington | Published: October 16, 2013 2:17 am

A 24-Year-old Indian-American has been charged with the murder of his high school friend in the US state of Maryland after a night of drinking and birthday celebration turned into a tragic jealous rage.

Rahul Gupta was being held in the Montgomery County jail on $2 million bond,according to court records. He was pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at George Washington University.

Gupta attacked Mark Edward Waugh,23,with a knife on Sunday after he found that his girlfriend was cheating on him with his high school friend,Washington Post reported.

Both Waugh and Gupta attended Langley High School in McLean,Northern Virginia.

Police said they arrived at a Montgomery County highrise apartment at 3:25 am (local time) after they were informed about unknown trouble inside the flat.

As the officers made their way into the apartment,they saw blood on the walls of the kitchen and living area and saw a man — later identified as Gupta — lying on the ground. He was covered in blood. The officers asked whether he was hurt.

“I don’t think so,” Gupta said,according to the detectives’ account. “What’s going on?” one of the officers asked him. “I walked in on my girlfriend cheating on me,” Gupta said,according to the charging papers. “My girl was cheating with my buddy. I walked in on them cheating and I killed my buddy.”

The officers found Waugh lying on the floor,covered with blood and unresponsive,according to the police. He had “multiple cutting and defence-type injuries to his body” and was pronounced dead,according to court records. Police say a knife was used in the attack.

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