Investigators accept assistance from the FBI – Judge approves continued custody King murder suspectPOSTED: 09/27/12 12:33 PM
St. Maarten – The judge of instruction approved the prolongation of the custody of 28-year-old suspect in the murders of Michael and Thelma King yesterday. The suspect, former Checkmate Security guard M.K.J. came out of a police van with a tee shirt pulled over his head to hide his face from photographers. The suspect declined to make a statement to the judge.
On Tuesday the prosecutor’s office extended the suspect’s custody by eight days; the judge of instruction declared the arrest on Sunday morning lawful and also approved his continued detention. The 8-day term ends next week Tuesday. Then, the judge of instruction will decide again about the suspects continued detention.
After the first ten days of custody, the prosecution will have to decide whether it will ask the judge for the suspect’s pre-trial detention, the prosecutor’s office explained in a press release. This phase could last a maximum of 106 days, though a judge will decide several times during that period about renewed prolongation of the detention.
“Only by the end of the pre-trial detention the prosecution will have to decide whether it will charge the suspect of release him, pending further investigation,” the press release stated.
Police and prosecution conducted a door-to-door investigation at the Ocean Club resort to question possible witnesses. An extensive amount of video footage was secured and this will be studied by investigators.
The FBI has offered assistance in the investigation. “This offer was kindly accepted by both the police and the prosecution. They are not discussing with the FBI where their help could be most effective. It is likely that some of the investigation will have to be conducted in the USA and this will be formally asked for,” the press release stated.
The first information about the murders has reached investigators via one of the tip lines, and it is currently being assessed.
The tip line for local calls is 9300.for international calls use 1 721 542 03 45.