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Speedy murder trial expected in deaths of Mt. Pleasant couple in St. Maarten

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The case against three men accused of murdering a Mount Pleasant couple in St. Maarten goes to court Tuesday.

Solicitor General Taco Stein says he's ready to secure a conviction, and the trial portion would take only a day or two.

"Of course every crime is important," he explained, "but this case stands out for us because of the really heinous crimes that took place and the pointlessness of the violence that was used on a nice couple."

That couple, Michael and Thelma King, were found stabbed to death in their apartment back in September.

Authorities have charged a 20-year-old man from Guyana, a 17-year-old from St. Maarten and a Jamaican security guard with murder and aggravated assault, combined with robbery and kidnapping.

All three are standing trial Tuesday and are facing the same charges, just some of the many differences from an American trial.

"It goes pretty fast compared to American trials," Stein said. "It will be over and done with in one or two days."

But that won't be the end of it for the King's friends and family members, who lost their loved ones to what Stein says was a random robbery.

He says he feels they have gathered enough evidence to hold the three suspects responsible. Stein said he doesn't believe anyone else was involved with the murders.

"They must know that we did all that was in our power to bring the truth about this case," Stein continued, "and we will do all that's in our power to get a good conviction."

A verdict is expected by May.

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