Bride-to-Be Stabs Groom Hours Before Wedding

Fiance dies of wounds soon after police arrive on scene

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 13, 2012 4:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – "'Til death do we part," indeed. A Pennsylvania woman has been charged with murder after stabbing her fiance twice with a kitchen knife, just hours before she was scheduled to marry him, reports ABC News. Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, and Billy Rafael Brewster, 36, apparently got into an argument the night before their Saturday morning wedding. Despite the presence of other family members, including the couple's children, at the apartment, at some point Franklin allegedly stabbed Brewster twice, with one wound puncturing his heart. Police arrived at 2am to find Brewster bleeding, and he was pronounced dead at 3:24am.

At Franklin's arraignment Saturday afternoon, she asked the judge to "check again" on Brewster, seemingly not believing he was really dead, while crying and asking to go home. "You are not going home any time in the near future," said the judge. Franklin, who cried that she didn't kill him "on purpose," is charged with one count of criminal homicide.

A woman stabbed her fiance and killed him just hours before their wedding in Pennsylvania last weekend.
A woman stabbed her fiance and killed him just hours before their wedding in Pennsylvania last weekend.   (Shutterstock)
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