Guyanese suspect arrested in St Maarten slaying

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, Monday, October 8, 2012 – Following the recent arrests of the two Jamaican suspects in the September slaying of the South Carolina couple found stabbed to death in their St Maarten beachfront apartment last month, authorities have now arrested a Guyanese suspect.

While St Maarten authorities only identify murder suspects by their initials, the Guyanese press has identified the suspect as 20-year-old Guyana-born Jamal Jefferson Woolford. He has now joined the first suspected identified in the Jamaican media as 28-year-old security guard Meshayne Johnson, and as yet unidentified 17-year-old carrying the initials J.C.M.

Public Prosecutor Hans Mos said that the 20-year-old Guyanese suspect had flown out of the Dutch Caribbean territory this week to the United States Virgin Islands but he was located, captured and extradited to St Maarten with the help of US authorities.

Woolford is expected to appear in court Monday as authorities build their case in the slayings of Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The Kings were part-time residents of St Maarten and had several business interests on the island with reports that Michael had recently entered into a partnership to open a rum factory on the island. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)