Two convicted in 2011 Hyde Park double murder
A jury convicted two Mattapan men today in the July 2011 double murder of the daughter of a retired Boston police detective and her boyfriend inside the couple’s Hyde Park home, prosecutors said.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury found both Michael Corbin, 42, and Earl Fulgiam, 33, guilty of first-degree murder for their roles in a brutal armed robbery in which Billie Marie Kee, 24, and her boyfriend, Kevin Thomas, Jr., 32, were both stabbed and shot repeatedly.
“These verdicts reflect the cruel, callous nature of the murders,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.
“The victims were brutalized in a manner far beyond what was necessary to take their lives. It was a case that deeply disturbed everyone who worked on it, to say nothing of the impact it had and will continue to have on Ms. Kee’s and Mr. Thomas’ families. In the face of all they’ve lost, I hope they can take some satisfaction that justice was done on their behalf,” Conley said in a statement.
Prosecutors said last year when the defendants were arraigned that the men targeted Thomas, a known drug dealer who kept bundles of cash and two firearms in the apartment at 957 Hyde Park Ave. that he shared with Kee, the daughter of a retired Boston detective.
Authorities said that on July 26, 2011, at about midnight, the men bound both victims inside the apartment and then inflicted “multiple traumatic injuries” that claimed their lives.
Investigators recovered physical evidence at the scene that tied Corbin and Fulgiam to the killings, and cellphone records showed that Corbin had been in frequent contact with Thomas in the days and hours preceding the murders, the statement said.
Corbin and Fulgiam, who both have extensive prior criminal records, face mandatory life terms without the possibility of parole when they are sentenced Tuesday morning, Conley’s office said.Travis Andersen can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.