Third suspect arraigned in Mt. Pleasant couple's slaying
Jamal Jefferson Woolford leaving the Court of First Instance on Monday where he was arraigned as one of the three suspects in custody for the murder of the Kings. (Source: www.SMN-News.com)
PHILIPSBURG, ST. MAARTEN (WCSC/AP) -
The third suspect arrested in the slaying of a Mount Pleasant couple in St. Maarten was arraigned on Monday.
The prosecutor's office in Saint Maarten says the suspect, 20-year-old Guyanese national Jamal Jefferson Woolford, appeared before a judge on Monday.
According to authorities, Woolford is cooperating with police and has made a statement. In a statement released on Monday, prosecutors say Woolford will stay in custody until Oct. 15 when a new decision on pre-trial detention will be made.
According to the Saint Maarten News Network, Woolford is also accused of a robbery at a Chinese restaurant that happened two days before the deaths of Michael and Thelma King.
Woolford was arrested last week in connection to the Kings' deaths. The couple was found stabbed to death in their beachfront apartment last month.
Prosecutors say Woolford flew out out of the Dutch Caribbean territory last week to the U.S. Virgin Islands. Authorities say Woolford was extradited to St. Maarten with the help of U.S. authorities.
Investigators have already arrested a Jamaican security guard, Meyshane Johnson, and 17-year-old Jeremiah Mills in the slaying.
Friends say that the Kings were part-time residents of St. Maarten and that Michael King was planning to start a rum business there.
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