Office of the DeKalb County District Attorney

Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

Sherry Boston, District Attorney


March 12, 2019

Police Reports Document Tumultuous History

Decatur, Ga. -DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a woman accused of killing her boyfriend. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Monday against Sasha McCalop, 40, on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, and Aggravated Assault for the stabbing death of 47-year-old Michael Martin on January 17, 2018.

Shortly before the deadly incident, the victim called police to have the Defendant removed from his Welland Avenue home in southeast Atlanta following an argument between the couple. While he was on the phone with police, Defendant McCalop stabbed the victim in his back and thigh, severing his femoral artery- ultimately causing him to succumb to his injuries. 

Officers responding to the scene found Defendant McCalop hiding in a nearby shed. She claimed she acted in self-defense. Previous arrest reports indicate the Defendant’s propensity for violence. She was charged with stabbing the victim on two previous occasions in 2017.

Following her conviction, McCalop was sentenced to life in prison by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Linda Hunter, who presided over the trial.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Simone Hylton, assigned to the Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Unit, with assistance from Assistant District Attorney Ashley O’ Neal and DA Investigator Chris Emerson. Detective K.C. Payton of the DeKalb County Police Department led the initial investigation.