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Man accused of killing wife due in court April 16

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published April 10, 2015

 Loyd Dejohn, 47, is scheduled to be back in court April 16 for a hearing to determine if he’ll stand trial for the murder of his wife, Kim Dejohn.

Loyd Dejohn, 47, is scheduled to be back in court April 16 for a hearing to determine if he’ll stand trial for the murder of his wife, Kim Dejohn.

File photo by Deb Jacques


WARREN — Clues led police to a shallow grave in the northern Lower Peninsula last June, where the body of 51-year-old Kim Dejohn was found.

A long legal process will bring her husband, Loyd Dejohn, back to a Warren courtroom April 16, where a judge will decide if he’ll stand trial for her murder.

Loyd Dejohn, 47, was declared fit to stand trial Feb. 26 after a competency hearing before 37th District Court Judge Matthew Sabaugh.

Dr. Jennifer Whitmore, a forensic psychologist, testified that she interviewed Loyd Dejohn last September and ran a series of psychological tests about a month later. She told the court that she found him to be of “low average” intelligence, but reported that he understood the murder charge leveled against him.

Following her testimony, defense attorney Timothy Barkovic argued that the forensic exam didn’t go far enough in assessing what impact the severe head trauma that Loyd Dejohn suffered as a child had on his psychological state.

After the hearing, Loyd Dejohn’s mother and grandmother said he fell from a second-floor room when he was a child and fractured his skull. They said he turned 2 in the hospital, had a plate inserted into his head at age 5, and lives his life suffering from headaches.

By all accounts, Kim and Loyd Dejohn had a troubled marriage of a dozen years.

Kim Dejohn was last seen leaving her home on Sherwood, north of Eight Mile, early on May 14, 2014. Warren police said Loyd Dejohn never reported his wife missing and said he made misleading statements about her whereabouts when questioned by family members.

Police said Kim Dejohn’s sister reported her missing 12 days later and that Loyd Dejohn was arrested at a motel in Madison Heights on an assault charge linked to the investigation. The charge was later increased to murder after Kim Dejohn’s body was found in the yard of a dilapidated property on M-68, east of the Indian River.

Loyd Dejohn has remained in the Macomb County Jail on a $500,000 bond. He is scheduled to be back in court at 1:30 p.m. April 16 for a preliminary examination to determine if enough evidence exists to warrant the murder charge. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.