Whitehall Township Woman Stabs Fiancé to Death on Wedding Day: Police

Police say a 31-year-old Whitehall Township woman stabbed her fiancé to death hours before they were scheduled to be married.

By Danielle Johnson and Michael Rubinkam
|  Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012  |  Updated 12:29 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Woman Stabs Fiance to Death on Wedding Day

NBC10.com

Photos and Videos

Woman Stabs Fiance to Death on Wedding Day

Whitehall Township police say a woman stabbed her fiance to death just hours before they were scheduled to be married. NBC10's Christine Maddela reports.
More Photos and Videos

Police say a 31-year-old Whitehall Township woman stabbed her fiancé to death hours before they were scheduled to be married.

Na Cola Darcel Franklin was charged with homicide for the stabbing death of 36-year-old Billy Brewster Saturday.

Police were called to 1580 Olympic Circle North outside Allentown at 2:19 a.m. Officers found Brewster on a second floor landing of his apartment building. Police say Brewster was stabbed twice in his left torso which resulted in his heart being punctured.

Brewster was taken to Lehigh County hospital where he died from his injuries, according to investigators. The two were scheduled to get married at 10 a.m.

At her arraignment by video Saturday from Lehigh County Prison, The Allentown Morning Call reported, Franklin - apparently unable to grasp that he was dead - pleaded to the judge "You got to check again!" 

Franklin sobbed and covered her face. “I want my family back,” she said. “I want to go home.”

The Lehigh County district attorney's office declined to comment Monday, as did Whitehall Township Police Chief Linda Kulp, citing policy and the ongoing police investigation.

A witness, Monique Kali, told authorities that Franklin and Brewster were about to head out to get some food when they began arguing, according to a police affidavit. Franklin began swinging a knife and stabbed Brewster, authorities said.

Kali told police she tackled the bride while Kali's husband, Nakia Kali - Brewster's cousin - knocked the weapon out of her hand. The groom staggered out the front door to the second-floor landing, where he was found by police.

Monique and Nakia Kali had traveled to Pennsylvania from Illinois and were staying with the engaged couple. Four children were also inside the apartment at the time of the stabbing, and one of them removed the knife and took it to the kitchen, according to court documents.

The pastor who was supposed to marry the couple came looking for them at the apartment building that morning, according to a witness. Distraught people in suits and dresses - presumably wedding guests - then began showing up throughout the day.

Police are trying to determine what led to the violence.

Franklin has not entered a plea. She faces a preliminary hearing on Friday.


Fan, follow and download: Get the latest from NBC10.com anytime, anywhere. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, our mobile site and NBC Philadelphia. Sign up for our breaking news newsletter. And, get breaking news delivered right to your mobile phone -- just text PHIBREAKING to 639710 to sign up. (Message and data rates may apply.)

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
10 Questions With
We sit down with some of the most... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out