St. Maarten Trial in SC Couple's Slaying to Start


By News Department

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Family of a slain South Carolina couple is looking for justice as a murder trial gears up on a Caribbean island.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports Sunday that relatives of Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant will be on hand as three men charged in their killings stand trial. The trial is due to start Tuesday, with a verdict likely in May.

The Kings were found stabbed to death in September in their beachfront apartment on the tiny Dutch territory. Police later arrested a Jamaican security guard, along with a 20-year-old from Guyana and a 17-year-old from St. Maarten.

The Dutch legal system involves presenting the case to a judge without a jury and few witnesses.
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