SHOCK: The bodies of wealthy retired American insurance executive Michael and Thelma King, were found with multiple stab wounds in their beachfront Cupecoy condominium on the island of Saint Maarten. A suspect has been arrested in the horrific murders Sunday morning.
“The woman was tied onto a chair. The man was lying on the floor and partially over another chair,” continued [Chief Prosecutor Hans] Mos in describing the scene police officers encountered. “The motive of this horrific crime is as yet unclear. The doctor who was at the crime scene found no indication whatsoever of a possible sexual motive. Speculations earlier today were suggesting this.”
Mos also reported that a house search was conducted on judge’s orders. This search was completed at 6.30pm. “Police officers have been questioning numerous possible witnesses that might be able to contribute to the investigation.”
The bodies of the Kings were discovered when their long-time friend Topper Daboul (owner of Topper’s Restaurant) grew concerned of not hearing from them for a day and decided to visit them personally. Michael King had recently sold a label company that he owned and was in partnership with Daboul to open a rum factory. Source
The name of the suspect has not been released, but he was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE #1 (09/25/12): The suspect in the murders of South Carolina couple Michael and Thelma King in their Ocean Club residence in Cupecoy, St. Maarten, has been identified by initials M.K.J. of Jamaica. The 28 year old male is a security guard employed by Checkmate Security. Read more.