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Man denied bond as decade-long series of killings emerges

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Todd Kohlhepp’s enters the courtroom of Judge Jimmy Henson for a bond hearing at the Spartanburg Detention Facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina, yesterday.

Man denied bond as decade-long series of killings emerges

Spartanburg, South Carolina (AP):

A South Carolina man accused of holding a woman chained inside a storage container was denied bond yesterday after investigators say he also confessed to an unsolved quadruple murder that happened 13 years ago.

Authorities have charged Todd Kohlhepp, 45, with four counts of murder in the deaths of four people in 2003 at the Superbike Motorsports motorcycle shop in Chesnee, South Carolina. His alleged role in those killings was uncovered, authorities said, after the woman was found last week in a locked metal container on Kohlhepp's property in rural Woodruff.

Kohlhepp's arrest has put to rest for local law enforcement and the families of the victims a mystery that has haunted them for more than a decade.

"We got 'em today. We got 'em today. I'm rejoicing that this community can know that four people who were brutally murdered, there's no wondering about it anymore," Sheriff Chuck Wright said late Saturday night.


Kohlhepp is also charged with the woman's kidnapping, and prosecutors say more charges are expected.

A Spartanburg County Sheriff's investigative report says Kohlhepp "confessed to investigators that he shot and killed" the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper of the motorcycle shop.

"Kohlhepp gave details ... that only the killer would know," the report says.

Authorities say Kohlhepp is a suspect in at least three other deaths.

Kohlhepp appeared before Magistrate Judge Jimmy Henson yesterday for the brief bond hearing on the four murder counts. The issue of bond could be taken up by a circuit court later.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Kohlhepp declined to make a statement when offered the chance.

After Kohlhepp left the courtroom, Henson addressed the victims' families saying, "What you've gone through ... is beyond what a lot of people would understand."

Wright says Kohlhepp also showed law-enforcement officers Saturday where he says he buried two other victims on his 95-acre property near Woodruff. Wright said there could be more bodies.

Those are in addition to the body found Friday at the site. Authorities identified that victim as 32-year-old Charles Carver, the boyfriend of the woman found Thursday. Carver died of multiple gunshot wounds.

Carver and the woman went missing around August 31, and their last known cell phone signals led authorities to the property. The Associated Press is not naming the woman because the suspect is a sex offender, though authorities have not said whether she was sexually assaulted.