GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 6 (UPI) — A South Carolina man charged with kidnapping a woman and chaining her in a storage shed has been implicated in a 13-year-old quadruple murder, police said.
Todd Christopher Kohlhepp will be charged in the deaths at Superbike Motorsports, where 30-year-old Scott Ponder, his 52-year-old mother Beverly Guy and employees Brian Lucas, 29 and Chris Sherbert, 26, were found “brutally murdered” on Nov. 6, 2003, the Greenville News reported.
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright said late Saturday the case was the county’s first-ever quadruple murder.
Kohlhepp, who was seen walking the property with investigators Saturday, also told authorities where two other bodies are buried, Wright said. He said his department has not exhumed those bodies and he did not identify the victims.
Kala Brown, 30, was found on Kohlhepp’s property Thursday when deputies came out after getting a tip on a sex crime. She was chained inside a storage containerand had been there for two months.
The body of her boyfriend, Charles Carver, 32, was found on the property, buried in a shallow grave. He died of numerous gunshot wounds to his upper body. Authorities have not yet determined when he was killed.
Kohlhepp was charged Friday with kidnapping. He has not yet been charged with Carver’s murder.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger ruled Carver’s death a homicide. He said there was no way, at first, to tell if it was even Carver’s body. “It’s all so gruesome that it’s a little hard for anyone — even veterans — to imagine the magnitude of what we’re dealing with.”
As for the Superbike murders, Wright said Kohlhepp revealed information on the case “that nobody else ought to know. There’s no wondering anymore.”
The quadruple murders occurred two years after Kohlhepp was released from prison. He had served a 15-year stint for raping a 14-year-old Arizona girl when he was 15.
After getting out of prison, Kohlhepp got a plot’s license and a degree from the University of South Carolina Upstate, then began a real estate career.