Guyanese captured in killing of US couple in St. Maarten
Philipsburg (St Martin News Network) – Police in St. Maarten managed to track down a third suspect involved in the murders of American tourists, Michael and Thelma King, who were slaughtered in their Cupe Coy condominium sometime between September 19th and September 21st, 2012.
The South Carolina couple was found stabbed to death in their St. Maarten beachfront apartment.
According to Chief Prosecutor of St. Maarten, Hans Mos, the suspect left St. Maarten on Wednesday October 3rd, 2012 for St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
SMN News was able to identify the suspect as 20-year-old Guyana-born Jamal Jefferson Woolford. It should be noted that on Wednesday the first suspect that was arrested in the gruesome murder of the Kings and robbery of the Happy Star Chinese Restaurant confessed to being involved.
It appears as though Woolford was following the news closely and as soon as it was published that the first suspect confessed, he purchased a ticket to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in an effort to escape the long arm of the law, but police managed to contact their counterparts in the US Virgin Islands who quickly apprehended the suspect.
Woolford waived his extradition rights based on US law and he was brought back to St. Maarten yesterday. He was immediately arrested at the Princess Juliana International Airport and will appear before the judge of instruction on Monday.
SMN News also learnt that police found the suspect’s car by his girlfriend’s house in South Reward. The vehicle had an old French number plate 761 — 971. Police also arrested the girlfriend known in the area of South Reward as “Winifred” whom they are currently questioning. According to information provided to SMN News, Jamal Jefferson Woolford lives in Cay Hill and works at Bobby’s Marina, while his mother lives in Cape Bay where the other two murder suspects live.
Authorities had previously detained a Jamaican security guard and a 17-year-old in the slaying of Michael and Thelma King of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.