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.
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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.
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