St. Maarten authorities next month plan to reenact the killings of a Mount Pleasant couple inside the beachfront condo where they were slain last year, according to published reports.
Plans for the reenactment were announced at a court proceeding on the island on Tuesday, according to the St. Martin News Network. It will take place March 8 at 2 p.m., the news agency reported.
The reenactment will be closed to the public, but the three suspects are expected to be transported separately to the Ocean Club resort in Cupe Coy for the event, SMN News reported.
Thelma and Michael King were found stabbed to death on Sept. 21 in their condominium at the Ocean Club Resort on St. Maarten, a 16-square-mile territory with about 50,000 inhabitants that shares a small island with the French dependency of St. Martin.
Prosecutors have said Thelma King, 57, was found tied to a chair, and Michael King, 53, was lying on the floor, partially over an overturned chair.
Island police arrested the first suspect two days after the killings. Privacy rules prevent St. Maarten authorities from naming suspects, but multiple island media outlets have identified one as Meyshane Kemar Johnson, a 28-year-old Jamaican working as a security guard. Authorities reportedly found Michael King’s credit cards and cellphone inside the getaway car used in another robbery.
Also detained in the killings are 17-year-old Jeremiah Chevon Mills and Jamal Jefferson Woolford, a 20-year-old Guyanese national, authorities said.
Johnson has confessed to his role in the killing, prosecutors have said.
Also Tuesday, attorneys for Mills and Woolford contested a psychiatrist’s report that found both suspects mentally fit and capable of standing trial, SMN News reported. A judge told the attorneys to submit additional questions for the psychiatrist to consider, the report stated.
A trial date of April 9 has been set for the three suspects.