PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten (AP/WVOC) - The defense has rested its case in the trial of three men charged in the death of a South Carolina couple in their vacation home in the Caribbean.
A lawyer for a Jamaican man accused of killing Michael and Thelma King in St. Maarten urged a judge to convict him of a lesser crime than premeditated murder.
Attorney Brenda Brooks says the main suspect, Meyshane Johnson, suffers from various psychological problems and did not plan to kill the couple.
She argued he should be charged with manslaughter and not murder.
The Kings, formerly from the Midlands, died after their throats were slashed during a September robbery.
In the second and final day of the trial yesterday, Johnson made a vague statement that seemed to acknowledge some responsibility.
He apologized to the Kings' relatives and said he's in jail for something he can't remember doing.
Lawyers for two other suspects on trial as accessories argued they should be acquitted of charges linked to the murders.
The judge is expected to render a verdict on May 8th.