Man suspected of kidnapping South
Carolina woman is charged with four murders
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[November 07, 2016]
(Reuters) - A South Carolina man
suspected of chaining a woman inside a storage shed on his rural
property was charged with four murders and denied bail on Sunday based
on his confession to a massacre at a motorcycle shop 13 years ago, South
Carolina media reported.
The suspect, Todd Kohlhepp, may be linked to as many as seven deaths,
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said on Saturday. Investigators
have searched his property for more bodies after that of the kidnapped
woman's boyfriend was found there in a shallow grave.
After being freed on Thursday, the woman told authorities she had
witnessed Kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend. The couple had been missing for
Kohlhepp was denied bail on the quadruple homicide, the Spartanburg
Herald-Journal reported from the courtroom at the county jail, which was
filled with relatives of the victims and reporters, the newspaper said
on its website. A photograph showed Kohlhepp, 45, appearing before the
judge in an orange jumpsuit.
Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender who works as a realtor, declined two
opportunities to speak in front of the victims' families, the
"Not at this time, sir," Kohlhepp told the judge, his hands folded
behind his back.
Northwestern South Carolina was already shocked by the kidnapping case
that came to light on Thursday when the sheriff on Saturday revealed
Kohlhepp's confession to the quadruple homicide, one of the county's
oldest unsolved cases as well as one of its most sensational.
The so-called Superbike case is named after the motorsports shop in
Spartanburg County where four people were executed in 2003. Wright said
he believed the confession based on details that Kohlhepp provided.
"I am 100 percent convinced that what this man told us was factual,"
Wright said, according to the Herald-Journal. "He told us some stuff
that nobody else should know. I don't mind telling you, this is a pretty
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Todd Kohlhepp, a registered sex offender who has been arrested in
connection with the kidnapping of Kala Brown and Charles David
Carver is shown in this booking photo provided in Spartanburg, South
Carolina, November 3, 2016. Photo courtesy of Spartanburg County
Detention Center/Handout via REUTERS
Police found 30-year-old Kala Brown chained inside a locked
container on Kohlhepp's property on Thursday. A day later, Kohlhepp
was charged with keeping her there for two months.
Also on Friday, officials identified a body found in a shallow grave
on that property as Kala Brown's boyfriend, Charles Carver, 32, who
had been shot multiple times, the Herald-Journal reported, citing
the county coroner.
More bodies may be buried on the 96-acre (39-hectare) property,
Wright said, based on Brown's account given to investigators after
she was freed.
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Alan Crosby)
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