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Man charged in ex-girlfriend's death was accused of assault months prior

He was charged with murder days before he was set to appear in court in connection to the assault charges.
Derek Malevich

Derek Malevich

A Virginia, Minnesota, man accused of fatally stabbing his ex-girlfriend last week was previously charged with domestic assault against her. 

Derek Malevich, 40, was charged Friday with second-degree murder in the May 12 death of 32-year-old Kristen Ann Bicking. 

Bicking was found in Malevich's apartment last week after he called 911 at 2:19 a.m. requesting an ambulance. He claimed he found a person stealing from him and stabbed them and bashed their head in, only to discover the person was his ex-girlfriend, charges state. 

Bicking was found on a couch in Malevich's living room with multiple stab wounds to her face, neck and back, the complaint states. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Back in September, Malevich was charged with two counts of domestic assault. According to charges, Bicking told police on Sept. 15, 2020, they'd broken up four days prior. When she went to his home to get money he owed her, Malevich accused her of cheating on him, shoved her into a wall, punched her in the head three times and choked her for about 15 seconds. He also threatened to kill her, charges state. 

Bicking expressed concern Malevich would retaliate against her if she called the police. 

The Duluth News Tribune says Malevich made his first court appearance on Oct. 2, 2020, in connection to the September charges and was released under pretrial supervision. 

He had a plea hearing scheduled for May 17, 2021, but after last week's stabbing it was continued until July 19, when he's scheduled to be in court in connection to both incidents, the paper says. 

Malevich was arrested in connection to the stabbing outside of a hotel in Virginia on May 12. After he was arrested, he changed his story, telling police he got home, walked into his kitchen and was punched in the face and attacked by two people. He then said he grabbed his knife and started stabbing.

Malevich told police one person fled, then then he turned on the light and discovered the person he'd stabbed was Bicking, according to the charges.

Police, though, say his account of what happened was inconsistent with the evidence, with the complaint stating he didn't have any physical injuries and the majority of the crime scene didn't occur in the kitchen, but in the living room, where responding officers located Bicking. 

According to Violence Free Minnesota, Bicking is the 10th victim of intimate partner homicide in Minnesota this year. Last year, there were 28 victims of intimate partner homicide in the state. 

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

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