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St. Maarten Murder: Suspect Meyshane Johnson admits being involved in S.C. couple's slaying, officials say

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) PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Meyshane Johnson, a Jamaican security guard, told officers that he was involved in the slaying of a South Carolina couple in St. Maarten, officials in the Dutch Caribbean country said Wednesday.

Pictures: South Carolina couple slain in their St. Maarten home

Johnson, 28, was arrested two days after authorities found the bodies of Michael and Thelma King stabbed to death in their vacation home on Sept. 21.

Public Prosecutor Hans Mos said in a statement that Johnson admitted "being involved in the violent deaths" of the couple as well as the robbery of a restaurant. Mos did not provide additional details of the confession and authorities have not disclosed a possible motive in the couple's slaying.

"We have to work out in detail exactly what happened and who else is involved," said Solictor General Taco Stein. "The first suspect confessed to being involved in the murders, but we will not release any details because we need that information to remain confidential so we can work the case.

A judge ruled Wednesday that there was enough evidence to continue holding Johnson in pretrial detention pending further investigation.

A second suspect was also arrested and is being questioned. His identity and details of his alleged involvement have not been released.

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