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Owner of Sweet Potato Café allegedly killed by his wife last week

Family, friends mourn murder victim

A number of signs were placed outside the entrance to Deano’s Sweet Potato Café. The restaurant is temporarily closed following the death of its owner, James Dean Herbert II. (Max Efrein/Courier)

A number of signs were placed outside the entrance to Deano’s Sweet Potato Café. The restaurant is temporarily closed following the death of its owner, James Dean Herbert II. (Max Efrein/Courier)

The funeral of James Dean Herbert II, 58, took place in Prescott on Tuesday, Jan. 16, a week after his wife, Katherine, admitted to shooting him in the head with a shotgun at their home in Peeples Valley three days earlier.

In her initial statement, she told police her husband was aggressive toward her, and she feared being assaulted. Katherine, 57, has since been booked on a charge of first-degree murder and remains in the Camp Verde jail. Her bond was set at $100,000.

James – known to many as Deano – had owned and operated the popular Prescott restaurant Deano’s Sweet Potato Café.

He purchased the business about four-and-a-half years ago, after working as director/executive chef at Prescott Lakes Golf and Country Club. Following the purchase, he spent most of his days working in the kitchen of Deano’s Sweet Potato Café with his employees, according to a Courier report.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, the restaurant, located at 443 Miller Valley Road, was found to be closed with a number of signs attached to a window next to the entrance. One stated the business is “Temporarily closed for mourning the tragic loss of our father Deano.”

Another read: “Deano, You always had a smile on your face, You always treated all of us so well, You will be missed. Rest in peace our friend.”

On the online guestbook of the funeral home that hosted Deano’s funeral service, a number of comments were also posted in memory of Deano.

His daughter, Brandy Herbert, responded to the comments by posting on the page:

“On behalf of all of Deano’s children, we would like to thank everyone for the overwhelming amount of love and support that we have received while we face this extremely difficult time.”

Deano’s family could not be reached in time for publication for information regarding the fate of the Sweet Potato Café.