Detroit man charged charged with murder in strangulation of woman 25 years ago

Johnny Yenshaw charged in 1997 murder of Sonya Dockery

Johnny Joseph Yenshaw is charged in connection with the 1997 murder of Sonya Dockery. (Detroit Police Department)

DETROIT – A Detroit man has been charged with murder in connection with the strangulation of a woman in 1997.

Detroit police were called to the area of James Couzens Service Drive and Sussex Street around 7:50 a.m. Dec. 1, 1997. When they arrived, they found Sonya Dockery, 33, of Detroit, unresponsive with strangulation marks and cuts on her neck, according to authorities.

Medical officials pronounced Dockery dead at the scene.

After nearly a quarter-century, investigation of the cold case by the Detroit Police Department led to the arrest of Johnny Joseph Yenshaw, 51, of Detroit, in this case. He was taken into custody Wednesday (March 30).

Johnny Joseph Yenshaw (Detroit Police Department)

Yenshaw is accused of strangling Dockery before fleeing the scene, leaving her with fatal injuries, police said.

He is charged with one count of first-degree murder.

Yenshaw was arraigned Friday at 36th District Court and remanded to jail. A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 18, and a preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. April 25.


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