LEHIGH COUNTY, PA – In what some may call a mercy killing, a woman in Pennsylvania was charged with the stabbing death of her fiancé, hours before they were to be married.
Hours before 31-year-old Na Cola Darcel Franklin and 36-year-old Billy Brewster were supposed to be married Saturday morning, Franklin allegedly used a knife to stab Brewster in the heart during an early morning argument.
According Monique Kali, the wife of Brewster’s cousin, the couple got into an argument inside the apartment they shared. When she heard someone yell “knife!” she went to investigate. She told police she saw her husband standing between Brewster, who was bleeding from his side, and Franklin, who was waving a knife around. Not wanting to see her husband stabbed, Kali tackled Franklin to the ground while her husband took the knife away from Franklin.
Police would arrive on the scene to find Brewster bleeding to death from two stab wounds, one of which had punctured his heart. He was pronounced dead at the hospital an hour later and Franklin was arrested on one count of homicide. During her Saturday hearing via video, Franklin was unable to accept that her fiancé was dead.
“You got to check again!” she pleaded with the judge after being told she had murdered Brewster. When they informed her they were pretty confident Brewster was dead, hence the murder charge against her, Franklin reportedly wailed and covered her face in her hands. “I want my family back,” she said, rocking gently back and forth. “I want to go home.”
When she was asked if she understood the charges against her, Franklin choked out, “I … did … not … kill … him … on … purpose,” one word at a time.
People who were to attend the couple’s wedding began showing up at the apartment Saturday morning, not having heard the news. Even the pastor who was to perform the 10:00 a.m. wedding ceremony showed up after not hearing from the couple.Tags: Billy Brewster, Crime, Murder, na Cola Darcel Franklin, Pennsylvania, Stabbing, wedding