Re-enactment of King murders on St. Maarten planned
Relatives of a Mount Pleasant couple killed in St. Maarten in September visited with island prosecutors Thursday to review the case file and get up to speed on the case.
“They wanted to know what happened,” Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos told The Post and Courier. “We tried to accommodate them.”
Five relatives of Mike and Thelma King attended the briefing. They were on the island after attending a court appearance this week in which plans were ironed out to re-enact the killings next month in preparation for trial, Mos said.
The murder reconstruction is expected to take place March 8 in the same location where the Kings were robbed and killed, their beachfront condo at Ocean Club resort at Cupecoy Bay. The proceeding is closed to the public but the suspects will be there, as well as attorneys, prosecutors, police and the judge, Mos said.
While the suspects are not required to cooperate and assist in the re- enactment, which will be recorded, Mos said he believes they will participate “given the fact they admitted to most of what happened.”
“We hope they will contribute to make things clearer,” Mos said, adding that the recording may later be used in court during questioning.
Mos said authorities hope the reconstruction will clarify the role each suspect had in the armed robbery and killings. “There are still questions left,” he said.
The Kings were found stabbed to death on Sept. 21 in their condominium 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, according to multiple published reports.
Johnson has confessed to his role in the killing, prosecutors have said.
During Tuesday’s court proceeding, defense attorneys asked for more thorough psychiatric evaluations on two of the suspects arrested, Mos said.
Attorneys for Mills and Woolford contested a psychiatrist’s report that found both suspects mentally fit and capable of standing trial, the St. Martin News Network reported.
A trial date of April 9 has been set for the three suspects.