ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – A jury Monday convicted a graduate student for stabbing his friend to death.
Rahul Gupta, 25, was found guilty of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing Mark Edward Waugh last October after the two high school friends and others had gone out for a night of drinking to celebrate Gupta's birthday.
As he was led out of the courtroom, Gupta's mother collapsed in sobs and an ambulance had to be called to assist her.
Montgomery County Police were called to Gupta’s Silver Spring apartment around 3:30 a.m. on Oct. 13 for a report of "unknown trouble." Officers found Gupta covered in blood and an unresponsive Waugh with multiple stab and "defensive-type" wounds. When an officer asked Gupta what had happened, he replied that he walked in on his girlfriend cheating on him, police said.
"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," Gupta had told officers, according to the arrest report.
At trial, Gupta claimed his girlfriend actually killed Waugh. He said he took the blame to protect her.
Gupta's girlfriend had told police that she couldn't remember anything after drinking shots of alcohol at the apartment but was woken up by Gupta's orders to call 911, the police report stated.
Gupta and Waugh were friends from Langley High School in McLean, Va.
Waugh was a first-year law student at Georgetown University. Gupta was pursuing a master's degree in biomedical engineering at George Washington University at the time of the incident.
Gupta faces life in prison when he's sentenced April 16.