Arrest Warrant Issued in Kaplan Homicide Case

Media Release Date: 


For Immediate Release

July 31, 2014

Arrest Warrant Issued in Kaplan Homicide Case



On Saturday, July 26th, officers were dispatched to 1117 New York Street in reference to a female deceased inside the home.  Based on observations at the scene the death appeared to be suspicious.   An autopsy was performed late Saturday night.  The victim was later positively identified as Christine Kaplan, age 56, a resident of the home. Crime scene investigators from the Lawrence Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation processed the scene until late Tuesday afternoon.       

As the investigation progressed, detectives began to seek a female who was known to the victim and had possibly stayed at the home in the past.  On Wednesday afternoon detectives located that female in Topeka, at the Shawnee County Jail, where she was incarcerated on an unrelated charge.  She has been identified as 38 year old Lawrence resident Angelica M. Kulp.  Lawrence Police Detectives interviewed Kulp regarding the death, as crime scene personnel examined physical evidence and other personnel continued to follow leads.

Late Wednesday an affidavit was submitted to the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office outlining the results of the investigation thus far.  After review, an arrest warrant for Kulp was issued on a charge of first degree murder.  She remains in the Shawnee County Jail on the unrelated charge.

Ms. Kulp will not return to face her charge in Douglas County District Court until her charges in Shawnee County District Court are resolved.  Any questions regarding her Shawnee County case should be directed to the public information office for the Shawnee County District Attorney.  There will be no further comment on her Douglas County case until she has a first appearance in Douglas County District Court. 

The Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office thank the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Topeka Police Department, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, the Shawnee County Department of Corrections and members of the Lawrence community who assisted in this investigation.