July 2, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Husband of Warren woman to face murder charges in her death

Loyd Dejohn (David Coates / The Detroit News)

The husband of a Warren woman whose body was found last month in a shallow grave in northern Michigan will face first-degree murder charges, the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office announced Wednesday.

Loyd Dejohn, 46, is expected to be arraigned Thursday in 37th District Court for the killing of his wife, Kimberly Dejohn. The woman was found June 18 in Afton, Mich., after she was missing for five weeks.

Loyd Dejohn was previously charged with assault-great bodily harm and is scheduled to appear before District Judge Matthew Sabaugh for a preliminary examination on that charge.

Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said Wednesday he will seek to increase the charges to one count of first-degree murder — premeditated, a mandatory life felony; one count of disinterment and mutilation of a dead body and one count of aggravated domestic violence.

Kimberly Dejohn disappeared from her Warren home in early May.

Police received a tip from an inmate at Macomb County Jail that led them to Afton. Officers found Kimberly DeJohn’s body in a shallow grave on an abandoned property near M-68.

“Warren police never gave up on this investigation,” Smith said in a statement. “They pursued this case all over the state in an effort to bring justice to Kimberly DeJohn and her family.”

Macomb County Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz ruled her death a homicide by ligature strangulation.

Loyd Dejohn remains in jail on $1 million bond.

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