Bride-to-Be Charged With Stabbing Groom in Heart on Wedding Day

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bride-stabs-groomHOKENDAUQUA, Pa. (KTLA) — Instead of enjoying her honeymoon, a 31-year old bride-to-be is behind bars, after allegedly killing her fiance hours before they were set to get married.

Na Cola Darcel Franklin is charged with criminal homicide in the stabbing death of Billy Rafeal Brewster, 36, in their apartment.

At her arraignment by video from jail Saturday, Franklin — apparently unable to grasp that he was dead — pleaded to the judge, “You got to check again!” according to the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown.

After District Judge Donna Butler told her that Brewster had been pronounced dead earlier, Franklin 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,” the newspaper reported.

When asked if she understood the homicide charge, Franklin wept and choked out the words one at a time.

“I … did … not … kill … him … on … purpose,” she said, according to the newspaper.

Franklin and Brewster were to be married at 10 a.m. Saturday, but police said they were called to the apartment shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday and found Brewster bleeding from the torso as he lay on the landing outside his apartment.

He was pronounced dead a little over an hour later at a hospital, District Attorney Jim Martin said.

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