Jamaican, Guyanese to face court April for killing of US couple
PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten (AP) — A trial date has been set for three suspects accused of killing a couple from South Carolina who lived in the Caribbean island of St Maarten.
A judge said Tuesday that the trial will begin April 9, with a verdict likely in May.
Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, were found stabbed to death in their beachfront apartment in September. Police later arrested a Jamaican security guard, along with a 17-year-old from St Maarten and a 20-year-old from Guyana.
Attorneys for the two younger suspects have requested a mental evaluation ahead of the trial. Prosecutors also say they are awaiting forensic evidence including DNA test results.
A procedural hearing will be held on February 19 to address those issues.