Autopsies completed, bodies released to family today – King murder-suspect heavily resisted arrest

POSTED: 09/25/12 1:42 PM

St. Maarten – The public prosecutor’s office confirmed that the suspect in last week’s Michael and Thelma King murders is 28-year-old Jamaican M.K.J. From a statement by Checkmate Security owner Michael Kuiperi it appears that J. was working as a security guard. The suspect heavily resisted arrest on Sunday morning, the prosecutor’s office stated in a press release issued last night.

During the arrest a police officer sustained injuries. The suspect got injured to and had to be treated at the hospital before he was taken to the police station. “Since then he has been questioned. He has been cooperative to a certain extent but was reluctant to answer critical questions,” the press release states.

Also yesterday, autopsies were performed on the victims’ bodies. The results of these examinations will be discussed with prosecutors and the police. The bodies will be “presumably” released to the family today. Prosecutors had a lengthy conversation with family members.

The forensic department and the prosecutors will confer today with a representative of the Dutch forensic Institute NFI about the research on the forensic material that was secured during the investigation.

During the operation leading up to the suspect’s arrest local police worked together with the French gendarmerie and the local Coast Guard who both had their officers on alert for an extensive length of time to prevent the suspect to flee, the press release stated.

On Sunday heavily armed gendarmes were visibly present in force along the Route Nationale 7 from the roundabout turnoff to Pinel Island up to the turnoff to Le Galion.

The police have opened two phone lines for those who may have information that could help authorities with the investigation. For locals the number is 9300. For calls from abroad the number is 1 721 542 03 45.

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