Man accused of dismembering Bronx man appears in court

The man accused of brutally killing a Bronx man in Highbridge then dismembering his body is appeared in court today.

News 12 Staff

Mar 11, 2024, 10:10 AM

Updated 125 days ago


The man accused of killing a Bronx man in Highbridge then dismembering his body appeared in court today.
Sheldon Johnson, 48, faced a judge on murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon charges.
Collin Small, 44, was the victim identified after police found his torso in the apartment at 979 Summit Ave. They later found his body parts scattered in bins, bags and a freezer.
The family of Colin Small spoke with News 12 off camera, saying that Small and Johnson were long-time friends and that Small was helping Johnson get back on his feet after being released from prison for his previous crimes.
In released surveillance footage, prosecutors confirmed the man seen coming in and out of Small's apartment wearing a wig and dressed in different disguises is Johnson.
Despite the evidence, Johnson says he didn’t do it. Last week, when walked out of the precinct, News 12 asked him what happened. He yelled out he’s innocent before being taken away.
Police say Johnson is a repeat offender and was released from prison in 2023 after serving a 25-year sentence for offenses ranging from assault to murder. The ex-con then became an advocate for rehabilitation.
Sheldon Johnson will appear in court next on April 2 in front of a grand jury.

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