Third King-murder suspect arrested in St. Thomas

POSTED: 10/8/12 2:33 PM

St. Maarten – Police now have a third suspect in custody in the Michael and Thelma King murder-investigation – 20-year-old J.J.W. The suspect was arrested in St. Thomas on Thursday and extradited to St. Maarten where he was arrested yesterday upon his arrival at the airport.
The prosecutor’s office stated in a press release that police found out on Wednesday that W. had left St. Maarten that afternoon by plane for St. Thomas. The prosecution asked the authorities in St. Thomas for W.’s provisional arrest pending extradition.
The suspect waived his rights under American law and was extradited to St. Maarten yesterday. He was remanded in custody for two days. Over the weekend the prosecution will prolong his custody for eight days. On Monday W. will appear before the Judge of Instruction for a decision about the lawfulness of his arrest and custody.
Investigators received information that W. was involved in both the Michael and Thelma King-murders and in the Happy Star restaurant robbery on September 19.
There are now three suspects in custody for the two crimes. The first one to be arrested, 28-year old security guard M.K.J. has in the meantime confessed that he was involved in the murders. The second suspect, 17-year-old Jeremiah C.M. (see related story on page 3) was arrested on Monday. On Thursday the Judge of Instruction approved his prolonged custody.

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