Man who confessed to killing wife makes first court appearance

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) –UPDATED: Anthony Dewayne Johnson made his initial appearance at the Jefferson County courthouse before district judge Shelly Watkins. His bond has been set at $75,000. Johnson turned himself into the authorities early Friday morning and confessed to killing his wife, Sherry Young Johnson, at their home in Pinson.

Sherry's friends and family are gathering tonight for a candlelight vigil at the salon she owned, Sherry's Unlimited Designs Hair Salon, located in Ensley at 2821 Lomb Ave. The vigil will begin around 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, the day that would have been Sherry's 40th birthday.

Funeral arrangements for Sherry Johnson have been set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11 at Peace Baptist Church in Pratt City.

Read the full story below, originally posted on Dec. 3, 2010:

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says a man immediately reported to police and confessed to killing his wife on Friday morning.

The sheriff's department says Birmingham police contacted them after 41-year-old Anthony Dewayne Johnson entered central headquarters, and told police he had killed his wife. He gave officers an address in the 5900 block of Stonebriar Trace in Pinson.

Deputies responded to the location and forced their way in. Inside of the home, they found 39-year-old Sherry Johnson in the front master bedroom, dead on the scene with an apparent stab wound.

Anthony Johnson told investigators that he and his wife had been having marital problems for years and were arguing his lack of employment when he stabbed her.  

Late Friday afternoon, Anthony Johnson was charged with murder and is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on no bond.

Family members say the Johnson's have been married for 15 years. They have three children, a 12-year-old son, and 9-year-old twin girls. The children are in the care of grandparents and know nothing of the incident at this time.

Sherry Johnson was the owner of Sherry's Unlimited Designs Hair Salon in Ensley.

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