AUSTIN (KXAN) — Abraham Kulor, now 19 years old, pleaded guilty to two murders this week, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.
The incidents happened in February, about two weeks apart, on the 5800 block of Techni Center Drive in east Austin and on Sixth Street downtown, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Kulor was 18 at the time.
“Marijuana was located inside the victim’s vehicle,” APD said during a news conference about the Feb. 8 Techni Center Drive incident. “Social media messages discovered on the victim’s phone indicated that he was at the location to sell marijuana to the suspect who used the screen name of Lil AK. The messages outline the detail of the sale.”
The victim in this case, according to the District Attorney’s Office, was Carlos Calleja, 23.
APD said several violent crimes detectives were familiar with the subject who also went by the name of Lil AK on social media. APD identified the person as Kulor.
The Sixth Street homicide occurred on Feb. 19 just after 8:30 p.m., police said. APD said they received a shots fired call, and when officers arrived, they found Kulor running away. The victim in this case, police said, was Anthony Brown, 27.
Kulor faces a 40-year sentence for each murder. He was also on probation at the time for an aggravated robbery charge, and sentenced to 50 years for violating his probation for being involved in the murders he pleaded guilty to.
Rick Cofer, a defense attorney in Austin, testified in court this week that he worked as Kulor’s attorney in his teen years. He said before the murders happened, he and the District Attorney’s office tried to commit Kulor into juvenile custody, but couldn’t.
“As he approached his 19-th birthday, the [Texas Juvenile Justice Department] stopped accepting juveniles,” said Cofer.
We asked TJJD about Kulor’s case specifically, but the agency said it did not have a comment.
Last year, TJJD’s director said the agency, starting in August, had to temporarily stop accepting teens into their custody. She cited staffing shortages and concerns about the ability to provide basic supervision to the people who were already there.
“It’s interesting to think, could things have possibly turned out differently if TJJD was accepting children at the time when Mr. Kulor may have been appropriate for commitment,” Cofer said.