Man found guilty in love triangle murder

Drama in a Montgomery County courtroom Monday after a jury found Rahul Gupta guilty of murdering his best friend in a love triangle.

The defense's strategy to blame Gupta's girlfriend backfired. The jury convicted him of first degree murder in the killing of Mark Waugh 17 months ago.

After the verdict, Waugh's father spoke about his late son. "Our son Mark, all I can say was a gift from God. Mark was a bright and energetic young man with a big smile and a bright future," said Bill Waugh.

Gupta initially confessed to the crime. Police were called to the apartment he shared with his girlfriend Taylor Gould, in the early morning hours of October 13, 2013. The young men were best friends in high school. The three had been out drinking to celebrate Gupta's birthday and then returned to the apartment.

Waugh was stabbed five times and slashed six times with a butcher's knife. He told police "My girl and my buddy were cheating… and I killed my buddy."

After the verdict was read, Gupta dropped his head into his hands and appeared to wipe away tears. His bond was revoked and he was taken into custody. His mother let out a loud wail and then her head fell back and she appeared to be convulsing.  She was treated by medics and did not need to be transported to a hospital.

During the 11-day trial, Gupta claimed he only confessed to protect the real killer, his girlfriend. But that's not what Gupta told his father in a recorded jailhouse phone call.  On it, his father asks what happened. "Mark and I got into a fight and he tried to get a knife and then I," he said being interrupted by his father "got the knife."

Gould testified that said she was too drunk and doesn't remember anything. The defense strategy to pin the murder on her failed and it took the jury just 4 ½ hours to convict.

"This tragedy that surrounds this case is really the tragic mixture of alcohol, jealousy and suspected betrayal," said Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy.

Gupta was taken away in handcuffs. The 25-year old is now a convicted murderer.

Waugh was a Georgetown University law student, a life his family said ended too soon.  "Mark's murder was an evil that we cannot comprehend. A dark evil," said his father Bill Waugh.

Gupta's family and his defense attorney left the courthouse without speaking to reporters. 

His sentencing is scheduled for April 16th. The mandatory sentence for first degree murder is life in prison.
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