Suspect in St. Maarten murders to appear in court

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) - September 26, 2012

Michael and Thelma King were found stabbed to death in their beachfront condo on Friday. Thelma King was found tied to a chair and her husband was lying on the floor. They were both in their 50s.

Twenty-eight-year-old Meyshane K. Johnson of Jamaica is being held in the couple's murder. He denies any involvement. Johnson works as a security guard in St. Maarten.

Friends say the Kings, who were from Mount Pleasant, S.C., had owned several homes. A business partner says he and Michael King were building a rum factory together in St. Maarten.

Local friends as well as family held a memorial for the couple Tuesday.

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