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St. Maarten Murder: Meyshane K. Johnson, suspect in S.C. couple's slaying, to appear in court

An undated picture of Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, hangs inside Topper's Restaurant in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Prosecutors in St. Maarten announced Monday that a Jamaican man is the lone suspect in the slayings of the South Carolina couple who were found last Friday murdered in their beachfront condominium on the tiny Dutch Caribbean territory. AP Photo/Judy Fitzpatrick

A picture of Michael and Thelma King hangs inside Topper's Restaurant in Simpson Bay, St. Maarten.
AP Photo/Judy Fitzpatrick

(CBS/AP) PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The man accused of killing South Carolina couple Michael and Thelma King, who were found in their Dutch Caribbean vacation home, is set to be arraigned in a St. Maarten court today.

PICTURES: South Carolina couple slain in St. Maarten

The Kings, both in their 50s, were found stabbed to death in their beachfront condo on Friday. Thelma King was found tied to a chair and her husband was lying on the floor.

Meyshane K. Johnson, a 28-year-old Jamaica man, is being held in the couple's murder. Johnson, who works as a security guard in St. Maarten, denies any involvement.

Friends say the slain couple from Mount Pleasant, S.C., owned several homes. A business partner says he and Michael King were building a rum factory together in St. Maarten.

Local friends as well as family held a memorial for the couple Tuesday.

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