Just outside of Washington, D.C., two promising young professionals, Mark Waugh and Taylor Gould, went out to celebrate the 24th birthday of Rahul Gupta. Gupta was getting his master’s degree in biomedical engineering at George Washington University. Waugh, a freshman at Georgetown Law School was Gupta’s friend from high school. Gould was Gupta’s girlfriend — she had a degree in biomedical engineering too. After a night out on the town, all three return to the studio apartment Gupta and Taylor were sharing. Later that night, Gould called 911. She said, “There’s blood everywhere.” When asked what happened she said, “I don’t know.” When the police arrived, Waugh was found dead. He was stabbed multiple times in the neck, chest and shoulder.
According to the arrest report, Gupta told officers, “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.” In court, Gupta told a different story. He said he was just trying to protect Gould, that it was she who killed Waugh. Gupta was charged and found guilty of first-degree murder. At Gupta’s sentencing (life in prison), Judge Jordan said: “Mr. Gupta, the jury did not believe you. I do not believe you.” The judge added, “I don’t hear regret and I don’t think we’ve heard the truth yet.” 48 Hours will air its investigative report on Saturday, April 2 at 9pm on CBS.