Whitehall, PA — Na Cola Darcel Franklin and her fiance Billy Rafael Brewster were supposed to be married on Saturday morning, but Brewster died early Saturday morning after Franklin allegedly stabbed him twice in the torso, puncturing his heart.
Police have said that Franklin delivered the fatal blows to her fiance just hours before their wedding, but during her arraignment, she stated, “I did not mean to kill him on purpose,” reports The New York Daily News.
Brewster was pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m., just one hour after police found him bleeding outside the apartment he lived at with fiance Franklin. Monique Kali, the victim’s cousin’s wife, told police that the couple were fighting in their apartment when someone yelled, “Knife!”
She walked over to see what was going on and saw her husband, the victim’s cousin, standing between the engaged couple, while Brester bled from his side. Fearing for her husband’s safety, Kali tackled Franklin and took her knife away.
Franklin was later arrested and charged with one count of homicide, but during her arraignment Saturday afternoon, she still could not believe that her soon-to-be husband was dead, pleading with the judge, “You got to check again!” The Morning Call notes that District Judge Donna Butler responded:
“He was pronounced dead by the Lehigh County coroner earlier today.”
When Na Cola Darcel Franklin put her head in her hands and wailed, “I want my family back. I want to go home,” the judge responded, “You are not going home any time in the near future.”
People who were supposed to attend the couple’s wedding before Franklin stabbed her fiance to death came in and out of the building all day, including the pastor that was supposed to marry them.