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

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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