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Pennsylvania Bride Accused of Murdering Groom Hours Before Wedding

Comstock/Thinkstock(WHITEHALL, Pa.) -- A bride-to-be is charged with murder after allegedly stabbing her fiance just hours before the couple's wedding was to start near Whitehall, Pa.

Na Cola Darcel Franklin, 31, and her fiance Billy Rafael Brewster, 36, were planning to tie the knot at 10 a.m. on Saturday, but at some point during the night, Franklin and Brewster began arguing, Steve Luksa, first deputy to the Lehigh County District Attorney, told ABC News.

In the heat of the argument, Franklin allegedly stabbed Brewster twice with a kitchen knife, police said.

"One of the stab wounds punctured his heart," Luksa said.

When police arrived at the apartment, shortly after 2 a.m. on Saturday, they found Brewster bleeding from chest wounds on the second floor landing.  He was transported to the Lehigh County Trauma center and pronounced dead at 3:24 a.m., less than seven hours before the wedding.

Luksa said the couple was not alone in the apartment when the stabbing took place.  The couple's children, and extended family members were also present because of the upcoming nuptials.

Franklin was arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide, Luksa said.

During her arraignment Saturday afternoon, Franklin told District Judge Donna Butler, "You got to check again," unable to comprehend that Brewster was dead, the Allentown Morning Call reported.  She cried, rocked herself back and forth and eventually choked out, "I ... did ... not ... kill ... him ... on ... purpose."

She is being held in Lehigh County Prison without bail, Luksa said.

When Franklin told Butler via the video conference arraignment that she wanted to go home, Butler responded, "You are not going home any time in the near future."

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NY Bride Who Faked Cancer Alleges Accomplice But Won’t ‘Snitch’

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York woman who faked a cancer diagnosis and scored thousands of dollars in wedding donations now says she didn’t act alone.

In her first broadcast interview, Jessica Vega told ABC's 20/20 co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas that a friend forged letters from doctors about her supposed cancer treatments and that Vega signed them.

Vega would not reveal the friend’s identity, but said that person was no longer in her social circle.

“I’m not a snitch,” she said, but later added, “I don’t need that person in my life anymore.”

Vega, 25, was living in Montgomery, N.Y., when she told her then-boyfriend, Michael O’Connell, that she was battling a rare form of leukemia and had six months to live.  Word spread and soon Vega’s story was featured in a local newspaper.  Friends and those sympathetic to Vega’s story came forward with donations of more than $13,000 to pay for the couple’s wedding and honeymoon.

After the truth came to light, Vega was arrested, apologized and, last April, pled guilty to charges of scheming to defraud and possession of a forged instrument.  She was sentenced to time served -- fewer than two months -- and released from prison last month.  With the help of her father, Vega has repaid her wedding donors.

O’Connell, who fathered two children with Vega, said he had no idea of her scheme and only grew suspicious after they married.  The couple divorced months after the wedding but have since reconciled.

While headline after headline has accused Vega of faking her illness to afford her “dream wedding,” Vega said she concocted the story in a desperate attempt to save her relationship with O’Connell.  She said that before she told him of her “cancer,” O’Connell had moved out.  At that point, the couple had one child together.

“I felt like if I didn’t have some way to get his attention, momentarily, that’s it, I’m going to be a single mom,” she told 20/20.

The couple moved back in together and made plans to marry.  Day after day, Vega said she couldn’t bring herself to come clean.

“I could’ve woken up any day and told Michael the truth, but I was a coward,” she said.

Though she served time in prison and paid back her donors, Vega knows that will never be enough to gain forgiveness from those she’s wronged.

“I’m well aware that there’s no way that I’m ever going to be able to make it up to people, at the end of the day,” she said.  “All I can offer is my humble apologies.”

Watch the full story, including footage from O’Connell and Vega’s wedding, on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

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Illinois Bride Found Dead in Bathtub in Wedding Gown

Comstock/Thinkstock(BURBANK, Ill.) -- A bride in her wedding gown was found stabbed to death in her bathtub in a southwest suburb of Chicago this weekend, according to police.

Estrella Carrera, 25, was found on Sunday afternoon by police, just days after her Friday night wedding to a 30-year-old Chicago man. The groom's name was not immediately released.

Police are investigating the homicide as a "domestic situation," they said Monday.

Carrera was last seen around 2 a.m. on Saturday morning, hours after the ceremony, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Carrera's sister became concerned after Carrera failed to pick up her two children, ages 8 and 2, from the sister's care on Sunday. She contacted police to go to the Carrera's home and check on her, where police found her in a dry bath tub with multiple stab wounds, according to a police statement.

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