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Posted on Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 3:55 p.m.

Police await autopsy results in homicide of Detroit-area man

By Kyle Feldscher

Ypsilanti police are waiting on the final autopsy report on 46-year-old River Rouge resident John Lawrence as the homicide investigation into his death moves through its second week.


Ypsilanti police continue to investigate the homicide of 46-year-old John Lawrence that took place at the Peninsular Place apartment complex.

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Ypsilanti police Detective Joe Yuhas said Tuesday afternoon police are continuing to investigate Lawrence’s March 31 death as a homicide. The investigation could last for a few more weeks as police wait for the final reports from Lawrence’s autopsy.

“We’re expecting something back in a couple weeks on the final toxicology screen and the final autopsy report,” Yuhas said.

Two people were arrested in connection with Lawrence’s death on March 31. Police said Lawrence was hit in the head with a frying pan during a dispute at the Peninsular Place apartments.

Lawrence’s 19-year-old daughter called him for help with a dispute with her roommates. When he arrived, he gave her his handgun and told her to take it to his car. When she returned to the apartment in the 900 block of Railroad Street, the door was locked, Raven Lawrence previously told

When police entered the apartment, John Lawrence was dead.

Initially, police said Lawrence possibly died from blunt force trauma to the head. However, after the initial autopsy, police said blunt force trauma may not have been the official cause of death.

The man and woman arrested on March 31, both 20 years old, were held in the Washtenaw County Jail until 6 p.m. on April 3. They were released without being charged by Washtenaw County prosecutors.

Yuhas said prosecutors reviewed the case and have given police suggestions on where they need to follow up.

Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call the Ypsilanti Police Department at 734-483-9510.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for He can be reached at or you can follow him on Twitter.



Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

Kinda a bad headline ( I'm not whining ) it has not been ruled a homicide yet and I think it should say it's being investigated as a possible homicide

John Roos

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 3:08 a.m.

Why keep posting a picture of the residence? It's not the buildings fault.


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

If the case were to be a heart attack or stress related death would that exonerate the two people in the apartment? Seems like he died as a result of having to deal with a feud over an illegal person not on the lease.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 9:03 p.m.

He wasn't living on the premises as was the man and child who were living there. He was simply a guest of his daughter that was helping her out.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 12:46 a.m.

Peggy, If that's what happened.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 12:26 a.m.

Yes, a2citizen, the remaining lessee could demand that Mr. Lawrence leave the apartment. But, if he refuses to leave, the remaining lessee could NOT hit him in the head with a frying pan.


Tue, Apr 9, 2013 : 10:08 p.m.

Actually, he wasn't on the lease either. Once his daughter left the apartment it would seem the remaining leasee in the room could demand that Mr. Lawrence leave the building.