Judge sets deadline for autopsy report in Lawrence beheading – Eagle

SALEM, Mass. — Eight months after a Lawrence teen was found decapitated on a city riverbank, the state’s medical examiner’s office has yet to issue an autopsy report, said attorneys involved in the case. 

The defense attorney for Mathew Borges, 16, who is accused of killing his Lawrence High School classmate, Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino, suggested to a superior court judge a “harshly worded order” to the medical examiner’s office might speed things up. 

“I have never seen one take more than six months to get done,” said Edward Hayden, Borges’ court-appointed defense attorney, on Wednesday in Salem Superior Court. 

Prosecutor James Gubitose also expressed concern over the delay. 

Judge Thomas Dreschler said he would issue an order asking for the autopsy report on Viloria-Paulino to be provided to the court by Aug. 6.  

“It just seems to me more than six months is too long,” said Hayden, of the autopsy report. 

Borges, 16, of 85

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