Kohlhepp confessed to Superbike killings after meeting with mom, says sheriff

Investigators return to search property in Woodruff Monday. Photo from Air 7

WOODRUFF, S.C. (WSPA and AP) – Investigators in Spartanburg County say they’ll continue searching for human remains Monday after finding the remains of two people and a woman alive and chained by her neck and ankle in a metal storage container.

prayer_group__3Todd Kohlhepp is a suspect in at least seven deaths and authorities say he’s confessed to a quadruple slaying at a motorcycle shop in 2003.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, Sheriff Chuck Wright says Kohlhepp asked to meet with his mother.

WATCH INTERVIEW: Kohlhepp granted 3 requests before Superbike confession says sheriff

It was after that meeting that he confessed to the killings.

READ Todd Kohlhepp admits to Superbike murders, says Sheriff

Kohlhepp is without an attorney and speaking freely with investigators, according to Wright.

Kohlhepp confessed Saturday to the four murders, Sheriff Wright said.


Sunday marked the 13th anniversary of the Superbike murders. Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert and Brian Lucas, were killed at Superbike Motorsports on Nov. 6, 2003.

Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy, Brian Lucas, and Chris Sherbert were shot and killed inside the Superbike Motorsports shop in Chesnee on Parris Bridge Road.

READ Superbike family members react to arrest

Years went by and sketches were released, leads were followed, but the case remained cold.

Scott Ponder’s widow, Melissa, says deputies told her that Kohlhepp was a customer of the shop.

Chris Sherbert’s brother remains in disbelief, telling 7 News that he stopped by his brother’s grave Saturday night, to tell him there was closure.

Tom Lucas, the father of Brian Lucas, says that it’s unreal still.


Todd Kohlhepp
Todd Kohlhepp (From: Spartanburg Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Kohlhepp is a registered sex offender in SC.

The registry says he is a Juvenile Tier III type offender for a 1987 conviction in Arizona for kidnapping.

Kohlhepp kidnapped and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl, according to court records.

Kohlhepp forced the girl into his home and tied her hands and put tape over her mouth and sexually assaulted her, records reveal.

He was 15-years-old and living with his biological father at the time of the crime.


According to court records, Kohlhepp had extensive counseling, including hospitalization, for his behavior in Georgia.

Documents also include a psychiatric evaluation that say Kohlhepp destroyed his room with a hammer, destroyed other children’s projects, cloroxed a goldfish, shot a dog with a BB gun, was dismissed from the Boy Scouts because he was too disruptive, and shredded his own new clothes. The report also says his father made a statement saying the only emotion Kohlhepp was capable of was anger.

Kala Brown and Charles Carver
Kala Brown and Charles Carver


Spartanburg deputies served a search warrant Thursday at a Woodruff property off Wofford Road that Kohlhepp owns.

Sheriff Wright said deputies heard a woman banging on the metal container.

They found Kala Brown inside with a chain around her neck. She has been taken for treatment.

Her boyfriend, Charles Carver’s body was found Friday on the property.

By Monday evening, authorities say they had found two unidentified bodies.

They couple had been missing since August 31.



READ: Woman found “chained like dog” in Woodruff, man still missing


Continuing coverage of the Woodruff kidnapping

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