A man arrested in connection with the death of a Yankton woman made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.
Dylon Lopez, 21, Yankton, who is accused of killing Deborah Lynn Schock, 61, appeared before magistrate judge Kasey Sorensen to hear the charge against him.
Count 1A — homicide as murder in the second degree — is a Class B Felony which carries a maximum of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
In the alternate, Count 1B — homicide as manslaughter in the first-degree — is a Class C Felony which carries a maximum of life in prison and a $50,000 fine.
Both allege that the crime occurred sometime between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7.
Lopez can only be charged with one and not both, but no further elaboration was given.
When asked if he needed a court-appointed attorney, Lopez indicated that his family is currently looking for counsel for him but that he may need court-appointed representation.
Deputy States Attorney Erich Johnke asked that Monday, Sept. 30, be set as a preliminary hearing.
Sorenson set that date at 2 p.m. as the next hearing.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office last Friday, the Yankton County Sheriff’s Office was called to a mobile home located on Vote St. in rural Yankton County at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 7 for a report of a death. Family members had discovered Schock deceased in her residence. A preliminary investigation indicated that the victim had been deceased for several days.
The death was called suspicious and an investigation was launched
An autopsy was conducted in Sioux Falls, but final results will not be available until further forensic testing is completed.
On Saturday, another press release announced that Lopez had been arrested earlier that morning in connection with the death.
In both Saturday’s press release and Monday’s Sheriff’s Office Report, it was stated that Lopez had been charged with homicide as murder in the first-degree. However, this was not among the potential charges laid out by Sorensen nor was the exact charge in the court complaint. The reason for this discrepancy is unknown at this time.
The case is being handled by the sheriff’s office and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation.
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