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Husband is charged in Jan. 17 stabbing death His story 'inconsistent' with 'physical evidence'

City detectives have arrested the husband of a 32-year-old Falls woman found stabbed to death in her kitchen last month.

Robert E. Johnson, 26, of Niagara Falls, was charged with second-degree murder when detectives picked him up at 5:15 p.m. on Rose Street in Buffalo after a Niagara County grand jury returned an indictment against him, said Falls Detective Capt. Ernest C. Palmer.

Palmer said Johnson has been the main suspect in the killing of Ahkenya Johnson, a mother of two, since her Jan. 17 death.

"Our evidence showed that he was the only other person in the apartment," Palmer said. "His story was inconsistent with the physical evidence."

Robert Johnson was also charged with three counts of criminal possession of a weapon, Palmer said.

Ahkenya Johnson's body was found in the kitchen of her Jordan Garden apartment with "multiple stab wounds" from three kitchen knives, Palmer said.

Robert Johnson, who had previously spoken with detectives, did not offer a statement when he was arrested Tuesday. He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment in Niagara County Court on Wednesday. Bail was set at $200,000 cash or $400,000 bond, said Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre.

Police said in January that Robert Johnson had told investigators that he found his wife's body at about 5 p.m. Jan. 17 after returning from the barbershop. Robert Johnson told The News shortly afterwards, "I wish it could have been me."

Ahkenya Johnson had been attending Bryant & Stratton and was to graduate in May.

Thomas J. Prohaska of the News Niagara Bureau contributed to this report.


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