Verdict, sentencing expected in case of Mount Pleasant couple killed in St. Maarten

Michael and Thelma King (Source:Facebook)

A judge in St. Maarten is expected to impose sentencing Wednesday in the case of three men charged in the September killings of Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant.

Testimony in the case wrapped up after a two-day trial on the island in April. The trial, conducted under Dutch law, did not have a jury. Judge Tamara Tijhuis will render a verdict and impose sentencing.

As they have for past hearings in the case, the Kings’ relatives have traveled to St. Maarten to attend the proceeding.

Prosecutors have recommended a life prison term for Meyshane Kemar Johnson, 29, the man accused of slitting the couples’ throats. He has continued to insist that he has no recollection of Sept. 19, the night the Kings were killed in their beachfront villa in Cupecoy.

Johnson and his co-defendants, Jeremiah Chevon Mills, 18, and Jamal Jefferson Woolford, 21, are accused of entering the Kings’ home to rob them after committing another hold-up at a Chinese restaurant earlier the same evening.

Prosecutors have recommended 24 years in prison for Woolford and 28 years for Mills, each of whom is believed to have played a lesser role in the actual killings.

Prosecutors said that while Johnson held Michael King at knifepoint, Mills and Woolford tied Thelma King to a chair and gagged and blindfolded her. Johnson reportedly slit Michael King’s throat and repeatedly stabbed him before taking a knife to Thelma King while she was helpless and bound with pieces of a shredded towel.

The suspects are believed to have escaped with about $80,000 in jewelry and cash.

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