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      St. Maarten cops arrest man in US couple's murder

      Michael and Thelma King (Courtesy: AP)

      PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP) - St. Maarten police say they have arrested a suspect in the slayings of a South Carolina couple.

      Police spokesman Ricardo Henson says the male suspect was arrested before dawn Sunday. He has not been charged yet.

      Henson says more details about the man could not be immediately disclosed and says police will issue a statement "as soon as more information can be divulged."

      The bodies of Michael and Thelma King were found Friday in their beachfront condominium on the Dutch Caribbean island.

      Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos says both Americans appeared to have fatal stab wounds and the woman was tied to a chair.

      The Kings were part-time residents of St. Maarten and owned several homes. Friends say they were about to start a spiced-rum business.

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