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St. Maarten solicitor: 'Police described the crime scene as ugly'

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Police cars respond to the villa where the murdered couple was found. (Photo source: Today Newspaper, Philipsburg, St. Maarten) Police cars respond to the villa where the murdered couple was found. (Photo source: Today Newspaper, Philipsburg, St. Maarten)
Michael and Thelma King (Photo Source: WIS-TV) Michael and Thelma King (Photo Source: WIS-TV)
ST. MAARTEN (WCSC/AP) -

St. Maarten Solicitor General Taco Stein says police described the crime scene where a Mount Pleasant couple were found dead as "ugly."

Autopsies are being performed on the bodies of Michael and Thelma King who were found stabbed in their beachfront condominium on St. Maarten.

"The police described the crime scene as ugly," Stein said. "It was not ordinary."

Stein says initial autopsy results for Michael and Thelma King are expected Tuesday.

"The bodies were found through a friend of theirs that tried to contact them," Stein said. "They couldn't get in contact with them and went to their house. Then someone looked in the window and saw something was amiss."

"The investigation was started that led to suspicion to a person that was arrested early Sunday morning," Stein said. "We feel there is strong evidence that he's involved in it."

Stein said Monday he couldn't give any details about the lone male murder suspect, who is being questioned by detectives. He was arrested before dawn Sunday. The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

"We're definitely on the right track," Stein said of the investigation. "I'm not saying this man is the actual killer, but we know that he's involved."

Authorities say both Americans appeared to have suffered fatal stab wounds. The woman was found tied to a chair, and the man was lying on the floor, partially over an overturned chair.

Their bodies were found Friday in their condominium on the 16-square-mile Dutch territory.

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