A Minnesota man claims that he killed his ex-girlfriend in self-defense after he came across her and another intruder in his dark apartment — but investigators aren’t buying his story.
Derek Edward Malevich, 40, was arraigned Friday in State District Court on a charge of intentional second-degree murder for the Wednesday stabbing of his former girlfriend, Kristen Ann Bicking, 32, the Duluth News Tribune reports.
Malevich called 911 a little after 2 a.m. that morning to request an ambulance at his Virginia apartment, according to a complaint obtained by the outlet. In that call, he told the dispatcher that he had just gotten home when he found a person inside attempting a robbery. He said he "bashed the person's head in and stabbed them" before recognizing the person as Bicking.
Virginia Police Department found Bicking at the scene with a weak pulse. She had multiple stab wounds to the neck and head, according to The News Tribune. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Later, Malevich made a statement in which he allegedly claimed there were two people in his apartment during the incident. The other individual fled as he attacked them both in his kitchen, he claimed, after he had been assaulted. He also allegedly admitted to throwing his phone and the knife into a dumpster after the attack.
Police don't seem to believe this account of events. According to the News Tribune, they claim that Malevich doesn’t have any injuries to suggest that he was attacked. They did find one single droplet of blood in the kitchen but the rest was found near Bicking’s body, in the living room.
Violence Free Minnesota, a nonprofit domestic violence organization, called her death the result of "intimate partner homicide" in a Monday post.
Malevich’s bail was set at $1 million on Friday, according to online jail records. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
The police have not immediately responded to Oxygen.com’s request for comment.
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