LOWELL -- Bleeding to death from a stab wound to the heart, Hector Almedina called his girlfriend, telling her, "I'm dying.''

Almedina's girlfriend, Veronica Rosa, told Lowell police she thought her 27-year-old boyfriend was "kidding at first,'' but when she called him back, Almedina told her he had been stabbed. Rosa immediately dialed 911 and then tried to reach Amedina again, but "no one picked up,'' police state in court documents.

When Lowell police responded at 10:15 p.m. on July 10 to 185 Woburn St. they found Almedina, of Lawrence, suffering from multiple stab wounds to the chest, including one stab wound to his heart. Almedina was being helped by Javier Gonzalez-Marcano, 35, of Lawrence.

Gonzalez-Marcano told police he was just driving by headed to Walmart to buy a baby car seat when he came across a car with its hazard lights on and stopped to help. He saw the victim and called 911. But Rosa told police that Gonzalez-Marcano is a friend.

Almedina was rushed to Lahey Clinic in Burlington. At 3:15 a.m. he was pronounced dead.

In Lowell District Court Monday, Robert T. Weidman, 50, of 1227 Lawrence St., apt. 204, Lowell, was ordered held without bail after pleading not guilty to murder. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Aug. 18.

Prosecutor Thomas O'Reilly said Gonzalez-Marcano told police that the victim sold drugs to Weidman.


On the day of the murder, Weidman allegedly ordered three bags of cocaine and asked that Almedina do the delivery to the customer he knew as "Bob."

Gonzalez-Marcano told police that 20 minutes after the delivery was to be made, he received a call from Almedina saying he had been "hit" three times and that he was hurt. Almedina said he was driving and Gonzalez-Marcano told him to pull over and he would get help. Gonzalez-Marcano said he drove to Almedina's location near a gas station and waited for help to arrive.

Using Gonzalez-Marcano's description of "Bob" and the location of his home, Lowell police interviewed Weidman and his girlfriend about the murder. Weidman initially denied any involvement, but after his girlfriend told police that Weidman talked about robbing or killing a drug dealer after seeing him with a wad of cash.

Weidman allegedly told police that he planned to rob Almedina, but he backed out. Instead, Weidman told police he shorted Almedina on the money he paid for the drugs. When Almedina realized he had been shorted, Weidman told police Almedina, who sitting in the driver's seat, grabbed Weidman's arm while pulling out a knife.

Weidman, who was standing outside the car, grabbed the hand that held the knife and forced Almedina to stab himself three times. Weidman told police, Almedina tossed bags of cocaine out the car window and drove off. Weidman told police he kept the knife, hiding it in his closet.

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