A Virginia man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend early Wednesday allegedly claimed he was attacked by the woman and another unknown assailant inside his apartment.
But police say physical evidence at the scene did not support Derek Edward Malevich's account of how 32-year-old Kristen Ann Bicking was killed.
Malevich, 40, was arraigned Friday in State District Court on a charge of intentional second-degree murder. Judge Robert Friday set bail at $1 million.
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According to the complaint:
Malevich called 911 at 2:19 a.m. to request an ambulance at his apartment, 104 Fifth St. S. Before hanging up, he told a dispatcher that he had returned home, found a person stealing from him, "bashed the person's head in and stabbed them," and then discovered it was his ex-girlfriend.
Several officers responded and found Bicking on a couch in the living room with multiple apparent stab wounds to her face and neck. She had a "weak and shallow pulse and labored and shallow breathing." Bicking was then transported to Essentia Health-Virginia, where she was pronounced dead.
Malevich was not home, but officers discovered he had placed a call to his father from the Quality Inn & Suites in Virginia. Police went there and took Malevich into custody as he exited the hotel.
In a later statement to police, Malevich indicated he had returned home and walked into his kitchen, where he was punched in the face and attacked by two people. He said he grabbed a knife near the sink and started "stabbing and smashing." One person fled the apartment, and when Malevich turned on the light he discovered that he had stabbed the other intruder, Bicking.
The defendant went on to tell investigators how he called 911, left the scene, and smashed his phone before throwing it into a dumpster, along with the knife.
But police said Malevich did not have any physical injuries to support his account of being attacked. A single droplet of apparent blood was found on a paper plate in the kitchen, but the rest of the blood in the apartment was located on and near the couch where Bicking was found.
Dr. A. Quinn Strobl of the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office conducted an autopsy, finding "multiple sharp and blunt force injuries" to the victim's head and neck, along with five wounds to Bicking's back. She ruled homicidal violence as the cause of death.
Malevich appears to have only minor convictions on his record, including driving while impaired and disorderly conduct. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail.