Cap­tive’s res­cue leads to break in grisly ’03 quadru­ple slay­ings

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

For 13 years, the rel­a­tives came to­gether pe­ri­od­i­cally to grieve one of South Carolina’s gris­li­est mass shoot­ings and com­pare leads with stumped in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

On Sunday, they gath­ered again on the an­niver­sary of the crime, this time in a Spar­tan­burg court­room after an un­ex­pected break led to the man who, au­thor­i­ties say, con­fessed to the quadru­ple slay­ings.

The vic­tims’ rel­a­tives sat a few feet away from Todd Kohlhepp as he was de­nied bond on the mur­der charges. It was their first chance to face the man ac­cused of killing their loved ones.

Au­thor­i­ties have charged Kohlhepp, 45, with four counts of mur­der in the 2003 deaths at the Su­per­bike Mo­tor­sports mo­tor­cy­cle shop in Ch­es­nee.

Kohlhepp’s al­leged role in those killings was un­cov­ered, au­thor­i­ties said, after a woman was found last week chained in a locked metal con­tainer on Kohlhepp’s prop­erty in ru­ral Woodruff.

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