Yankton man pleads not guilty to strangling Yankton woman

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YANKTON, S.D. (AP) — A 22-year-old Yankton man has pleaded not guilty to the 2019 strangulation death of a 61-year-old Yankton woman.

De’Von Taye Lopez was arraigned Thursday in the death of Deborah Lynn Schock.

He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter in June. Family members discovered Schock dead September 7, 2019.

The preliminary investigation indicated she had been dead for several days. An autopsy found injuries consistent with strangulation.

The Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported that the brother of De’Von Lopez was initially arrested and charged based on DNA found on Schock’s fingernails, but that case was dropped.

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