Kulpin convicted of first-degree murder in 2016 case
A DeKalb County judge has found 22-year-old Michael Kulpin guilty of first-degree murder in the 2016 murder of his 19-year-old girlfriend…and he will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
Judge Robbin Stuckert returned the verdict just 90 minutes after the conclusion of Kulpin’s trial; he was convicted in the death of Moorea Des Roches on June 3, 2016…in an apartment they were going to be sharing together, with their 1-year-old son present.
Kulpin had sought a conviction on a second-degree murder count, which could have netted him probation after 15 years; but prosecutors successfully argued that his repeated attacks on Des Roches with a knife and a frying pan – breaking the handles of both in the process – demonstrated that he was in control, and not provoked as the defense claimed.
Police video of his interrogation showed that she had twice been knocked unconscious, and that each time she came to he struck and stabbed her again. He then used her phone to contact her family via text message, posing as her to ask them to watch their child.
The Daily Chronicle says Kulpin is scheduled for sentencing on June 12; due to a previous conviction for assaulting Des Roches in the back seat of a car, he could receive up to 100 years in prison.