Woman Accused of Stabbing Fiancé to Death on Their Wedding Day

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A 31-year-old Pennsylvania woman has traded in her wedding ring for handcuffs and stands charged with the murder of her fiancé on what would have been their wedding day.

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Police say Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, the bride-to-be, fatally stabbed her would-be groom, Billy Rafael Brewster, the Allentown Morning Call reported Monday. The Whitehall Township, Pa., woman was in such shock over the incident that she was in apparent denial as she appeared before a judge on Saturday.

“You got to check again,” Franklin beseeched Judge Donna Butler.

But her response didn’t change a thing, the Morning Call reported; Brewster was pronounced dead by the Lehigh County coroner earlier that day.

Police were called to the apartment the couple shared and found Brewster outside bleeding from the chest early Saturday morning. The two were set to marry in a 10 a.m. ceremony, and relatives and friends had come into town for the celebration. Two relatives heard them fighting in their living room and jumped between them as Franklin swung the blade. They tackled her and knocked the knife from her hand, but not before she had cut her fiance.

It was unclear what the argument was over, or how it began. Neighbors gave no indication that their relationship was volatile, but some children who lived in the adjacent apartment said they heard arguing early Saturday.

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The couple lived in the apartment with three children, the Morning Call said, but did not indicate their relation to the couple.

At her videoconferenced arraignment, Franklin sat in Lehigh County Prison in disbelief as she was being charged in the homicide.

“I … did … not … kill … him … on … purpose,” she bellowed. “I want my family back, I want to go home.”

To which the judge retorted: “You are not going home any time in the near future.”

16 comments
tma_sierrahills
tma_sierrahills

"Na Cola Darcel Franklin"

I'm thinking Scandinavian.

almchrl
almchrl

She changed it from Na Pepsi

tma_sierrahills
tma_sierrahills

Thanks for the laugh. Maybe she was planning to be a Cola supermodel spokesperson, but having this on her record could cut down on her possible spokesperson gigs. (Especially for wedding celebrations.)

yourstrulysieweMD
yourstrulysieweMD

@ R Ubry. Interesting sarcasm. A knife is usually not as deadly as a gun. Besides the victim has a higher chance of physically defending himself or running away. A gun..such automatic rifles kill many and indiscriminately. You need one crazy person with a gun to kill or injure tens or hundreds within minutes. One crazy person with a personal weapon like a knife would hardly get that far. And no there are far far less mass injuries or murder with a knife than with firearms.

In which the folly of the firearmslobby in the US continues...

Robert Ubry
Robert Ubry

Quick,, we need to ban all knives!! Or at least any with blades over 1 inch long. And have extensive background checks for anyone who does get a permit to buy a knife including psych exams and a 30 day waiting period. This sensless killing with knives can only be stopped with more laws, bans, and regulations. End the violence now! No more knives!!

Patricia Schwarz
Patricia Schwarz

She could have strangled him with her bare hands or hit him with an iron skillet too. That's not the issue.  The thing that makes a gun different from a knife or a pair of hands or a skillet  is that mass murder becomes possible on scales that weren't possible before. You can kill a lot of people before anyone can stop you, and you can use the weapon impersonally to kill people who aren't even part of the argument.  Hands and knives are personal weapons, mainly used for very personal arguments. Guns are more impersonal and thus widen the range of possible victims considerably.

pc1397
pc1397

He knows, but he's got his agenda.

Tentrin
Tentrin

Anger blinds you, not love.

Robert Ubry
Robert Ubry

Well said

Deborah Murphy
Deborah Murphy

The thing that makes a gun different from a knife or a pair of hands or a skillet  is that mass murder becomes possible on scales that weren't possible before. ..FreeLancerGetWork.blogspot.com