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Bride-to-be charged with stabbing fianc in the heart on their wedding day

Na Cola Darcel Franklin was supposed to be a newlywed. Instead, she’s in a Pennsylvania prison.

Franklin is being held without bail on a charge of criminal homicide, The Express Times reported. Police say she stabbed her fiancé, puncturing his heart, just hours before they were set to wed Saturday.

At her arraignment hearing, she reportedly told the judge, “I did not mean to kill him.”

The pastor who was supposed to perform the wedding ceremony for Franklin, 31, and 36-year-old Billy Rafael Brewster, arrived at their apartment Saturday to find the bloody aftermath and the scene swarming with cops.

Monique Kali, the wife of one of Brewster’s cousins, said the couple got into an argument in their Whitehall Township apartment shortly before 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

She told police she heard someone yell “knife!” and saw her husband standing between Franklin and Brewster, with the bride-to-be waving a kitchen knife and the groom bleeding from his side.

Fearing that her husband would be stabbed next, Kali said she tackled Franklin and her husband disarmed her. Meanwhile, Brewster staggered to the landing outside, still bleeding. He was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m. and Franklin was arrested.

Four children were inside the apartment when Brewster was stabbed, according to The Express-Times.

A kitchen knife and a bloody piece of carpet were seized as evidence.


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Locations : PennsylvaniaWhitehall Township
People : Billy Rafael BrewsterDarcel FranklinMonique Kali

08/14/2012 4:03PM
Bride-to-be charged with stabbing fiancé in the heart on their wedding day
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