The suspect in the murder of South Carolina couple Michael and Thelma King can be held in a St. Maarten jail for at least 10 more days, a judge in the Dutch Caribbean territory ruled in a hearing this week. Prosecutors have that time to gather additional evidence to keep 28-year-old Meyshane Johnson in custody. Johnson has reportedly denied killing the Kings.
The couple’s bodies were found inside their Ocean Club Resort condo last Friday. Both appear to have died from stab wounds. Michael, 53, was found draped over a chair while Thelma, 57, was found tied to another chair. No other details have been released. The motive for the slayings remains unclear.
Johnson, who works for a St. Maarten security company, was taken into custody Sunday. He wounded an officer while resisting arrest and was later “reluctant to answer critical questions” during interrogation.
The Kings owned a restaurant in St. Maarten and a sports bar in South Carolina. They were also reportedly starting a rum distribution company in St. Maarten.
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