Suspect in St. Maarten murders to appear in court

An exterior view of the apartment owned by Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Cupecoy Beach, St. Maarten, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Judy Fitzpatrick)

September 26, 2012 4:58:25 AM PDT
An arraignment is set for today in a St. Maarten court for a man accused of killing a South Carolina couple in their Dutch Caribbean vacation home.

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.