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Crime & Courts

DeKalb man facing murder charges in girlfriend’s homicide seeks lower bond

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man accused of murder in the death of his 19-year-old girlfriend and hiding her body in a closet is asking a judge to lower his bond so he can help his young son.

Michael G. Kulpin, 21, of the 900 block of Kimberly Drive, was charged in June with two counts of first-degree murder, aggravated domestic battery and concealment of a homicide. Police said Kulpin beat and repeatedly stabbed Moorea Des Roches, 19, inside their apartment. The couple had a son together. The child is in the custody of family members.

Kulpin, is being held at the DeKalb County Jail on $2 million bond, which would require he post $200,000 cash to be released. He filed a handwritten motion from jail asking a judge to lower his bond. He said his family might be able to post a lower bond to get him out of jail before trial.

Kulpin wrote that he “feels he can be a positive influence in his son’s life if released on bond given he is the sole surviving parent.” Kulpin has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing the boy’s mother.

Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert told Kulpin earlier this week that she wouldn’t consider the motion because it wasn’t filed by his attorney, DeKalb County Public Defender Tom McCulloch.

McCulloch said the criminal justice system is set up in a way that is often unfair to children.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Stephanie Klein said she would oppose any request to reduce Kulpin’s bond.

Last year, a judge appointed the Kane County Diagnostic Center to evaluate Kulpin. The center serves as the psychology department for the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.

Police have said Kulpin beat and repeatedly stabbed Des Roches inside their apartment during an argument June 4.

He then hid her body in a bedroom closet and covered her with blankets and pillows, police said.

Kulpin had been convicted of domestic battery against Des Roches in the past, Kane County court records show. He pleaded guilty in July 2015 to misdemeanor resisting police and misdemeanor domestic battery. Kane County Judge John Noverini sentenced Kulpin to 12 months of nonreporting probation, records show.

Kulpin is next due in court March 9.

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