St. Maarten authorities today arrested a second suspect in connection with the fatal stabbings of a Mount Pleasant couple last month.
The 17-year-old, identified only as J.C.M., was caught on island streets around 3:45 p.m. after an “intensive search” throughout the weekend, according to a statement from St. Maarten prosecutors.
He had been a suspect in the slayings of Michael and Thelma King since last week. Prosecutors wouldn’t rule out further arrests in the case.
Privacy rules on this island nation prevent authorities from naming suspects, but local media outlets have identified the first person implicated in the killing as Meyshane Kemar Johnson, a 28-year-old Jamaican man and security guard.
The 28-year-old is expected to appear in court Wednesday, when prosecutors will ask a judge to allow continued pre-trial detention of the suspect.
The St. Martin News Network reported that the killer was assisted by a minor who was native to the island.
Also according to that news agency, Johnson was implicated in the robbery of a restaurant on Sept. 19, supposedly the same day the Kings were killed. Their bodies were found two days later in their beachfront condo.
Authorities reportedly found Michael King’s credit cards and cellphone inside a car used as a getaway vehicle in the robbery.
The Kings were part-time residents of St. Maarten and owned a condominium in Mount Pleasant’s Toler’s Cove.
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