Community ‘shocked’ at son confessing to killing parents

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The day before his 39th birthday, Stephen Linwood Belcher sat in court just feet away from his family – who are also those of his alleged victims.

Stephen Linwood Belcher
Stephen Linwood Belcher

An incident report shows deputies found Belcher around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday, while doing a welfare check at his parents’ Bentwood Drive home in Inman. The incident report says Belcher met deputies at the back door — and told them both victims were dead in a room upstairs.

That’s where Henrietta Green Belcher and William Edward Belcher were discovered. They were both 69 years old.

A warrant shows both were shot on November 5th, and investigators say their son Stephen confessed to killing them.

“I could not believe that. I was like ‘what?’” said Suzanne Bosse. She has known the couple for years, having worked for William Belcher — who goes by Eddie. “I’m still in shock.”

Before Restoration Church became Hope Church, Pastor Tony Cribb tells us Belcher was an associate pastor for a few years, before retiring to care for his wife.

“She was a good lady. I loved her. Every time I see her she had a big smile but ever since the last few years, she was stuck in the house and I never saw her,” said Boss.

The question now on her mind and those of neighbors in the quiet community is “why.”

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