There are times when our discussion of recent stories touching on the law and policy can hit too close to home. This is one such tragic circumstance. George Washington biomedical engineering student Rahul Gupta (left), has been charged with the killing of a Georgetown University law student, Mark Edward Waugh. Both men came from McLean, where I live, and attended one of the two high schools here, Langley. Gupta’s defense will be made more difficult by incriminating statements made upon his first encounter with police.
When police arrived, they found blood in the kitchen and living room where a blood-soaked Gupta was found. Police say that Gupta told them “My girl and my buddy were cheating, my girl was cheating with my buddy. I walked in on them cheating and I killed my buddy.” Such statements are admissible even though not made post-Miranda. They are excited utterances or voluntary statements heard in the initial investigation of the crime scene.
What is known is that the three had been drinking in celebration of Gupta’s birthday. Waugh was found with what are described as “defensive wounds” as well as stab wounds to his jugular vein, upper chest and back. The woman reportedly said that she did not know what had happened and that she could not remember anything after drinking shots of alcohol at the apartment. However, other reports say that she called police after finding Gupta kneeling over Waugh.
It is obviously a tragedy on every possible level. None of this makes sense — though few crimes of passion make sense afterward. The men were top students at Langley with records showing both advance placement courses and extracurricular clubs. Gupta was in a talented tennis player while Waugh was in the robotics club.
Waugh (right), 23, was a first-year law student at Georgetown and had a bright future as a lawyer. A debating team standout, he graduated magna cum laude from James Madison University in 2012.
Gupta was equally successful in his life and held a promising future in bio-engineering. He is now sitting in jail with a $2 million bond.
Our condolences to our friends at Georgetown University and most importantly to the family of Mark Edward Waugh.
Source: Washington Post