Bond denied after Kohlhepp charged for 2003 Superbike killings

Victims' families emotional as they sat in courtroom for Kohlhepp bond hearing

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Spartanburg County, S.C. – The family of the “Superbike killing” victims watched from inside the courtroom as Todd Kohlhepp was seen Sunday morning for a bond hearing.

Spartanburg County Magistrate Judge Jimmy Henson denied bond for Kohlhepp, and the case will now be referred to Circuit Court.

During the hearing, Seventh Judicial Circuit Solicitor Barry Barnette said Kohlhepp knows evidence that no one would know except the murder.

Family members of the Superbike store murder victims in 2003 were present at the hearing. When offered, Kohlhepp said he had nothing to say.

“It’s a sense of relief,” said Tom Lucas, who’s son Brian was one of the victims. “I won’t use the word celebrate or anything like that. But it feels like you can breathe a little bit and you know the right thing is going to take place.”

Judge Henson also talked with the family members at length, and advised they start writing down their thoughts in preparation for the next steps in the judicial process.

“It’s going to be like an onion,” said Henson. “You’ve pealed that first outer. At least you know the onion is here.”

Kohlhepp’s first court appearance is set for January 19, 2017.

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