Prelim set for Heights man in connection with wife’s death

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS – A Dearborn Heights man’s preliminary examination is scheduled for Sept. 12 at the 20th District Court before Judge Mark Plawecki in connection with his wife’s death.

Shonta Maurice Dupree, 38, is being held at Wayne County Jail without bond and is charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing his wife, Nytia Dupree, to death on Aug. 30 at their house in the 7400 block of Nightingale.

Dupree was arraigned Sept. 3 at the 34th District Court by Magistrate Jeffrey Fanto.

Dearborn Heights Police Capt. Jeff Seipenko said Shonta Maurice Dupree called 911 from their house at about 5 p.m. Aug. 30 and told police a person broke into their house while he and his wife were home and stabbed his wife to death, Seipenko said.

Seipenko said when officers arrived they found a deceased woman and a knife they kept for evidence; during further investigation, the evidence was not consistent with the husband’s version of events and he was taken into custody the same day.

The couple was going through a divorce, according to a published report.

The couple’s 16-year-old son was at Crestwood High School marching in the band during a football game when he learned about his mother’s death, according to a published report.

According to the Facebook page “DeShonta Dupree’s Scholarship Fund,” Nytia Dupree’s funeral was scheduled for Sept. 7 at Obedient Missionary Baptist Church, 9500 Stoepel street, in Detroit.

Nytia Dupree was recently appointed as an assistant principal at Turning Point Academy in Detroit, a day- treatment program for emotionally impaired students from kindergarten to 12th grade, according to published reports.

A scholarship fund has also been set up for the 16-year-old son according to; which has raised about $3,000 from various donors.

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