One suspect confesses and another held in brutal St Maarten killings

PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten, Friday October 5, 2012 — Meyshane Johnson, a security guard held as a suspect in the brutal stabbing deaths of a visiting couple from South Carolina, has confessed to his involvement in the crime, officials in the Dutch Caribbean territory said on Wednesday.

Johnson, a Jamaican resident of St Maarten, was arrested two days after authorities found the bodies of American visitors Michael and Thelma King in their vacation home on September 21.

A statement issued by Public Prosecutor Hans Mos revealed that the 28-year-old security guard admitted “being involved in the violent deaths” of the couple, as well as the robbery of a restaurant.

No details of the confession have been released and authorities have not disclosed a possible motive in the murders of the Mount Pleasant, South Carolina couple.

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

Meanwhile, a second suspect has been arrested and is being questioned. The man’s identity and details of his alleged involvement have not been released.

“We have to work out in detail exactly what happened and who else is involved,” Solicitor General Taco Stein said. “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.” Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)