Remains of murdered Mt. Pleasant couple set to return home

(Photo Sources: Today Newspaper, Philipsburg, St. Maarten & WIS-TV)
(Photo Sources: Today Newspaper, Philipsburg, St. Maarten & WIS-TV)
Meyshaun Johnson (Photo: WIS-TV)
Meyshaun Johnson (Photo: WIS-TV)

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The remains of a Mount Pleasant couple found stabbed to death in the Caribbean are expected to return home Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mike and Thelma King were found dead at their beach front condo in St. Maarten on Friday.

The Kings' families released the following statement through the Post and Courier:

"We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of support we've received over the past few days and want to express our sincere appreciation to everyone who has reached out to us with phone calls, emails, notes, flowers, meals and, most importantly, prayers. We know that Mike and Thelma touched the lives of so many people. We are truly grateful for the support and expressions of sympathy. We ask that you continue to pray for our family in the days ahead, and we ask the media to respectfully grant us privacy and time to grieve."

According to St. Maarten News, 28-year-old Meyshaun Johnson of Jamaica is being charged in the double murder and he's set to be arraigned on Wednesday. Investigators think robbery was the motive.

The St. Maarten News says Johnson resisted his arrest. According to authorities in St. Maarten, the couple died from knife wounds.

Johnson's attorney told the St. Maarten Island Time newspaper that her client may also be a suspect in the armed robbery at a Chinese restaurant last Wednesday.

The alleged robbers fled the scene in a vehicle while police fired shots at it.

Johnson has worked for a security company on the island. On Monday, the company's CEO released a statement in the St. Maarten Island Time saying his company does extensive background checks on employees and that Johnson came back clean.

"We believe that this person is an example of cases where a human being can change and commit things completely out of the ordinary," said Michael Kuiperi, owner of Checkmate Security.

The prosecutor says they are not ruling out the possibility that someone helped Johnson with the murders, but have no evidence to support that theory right now.

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