Sheriff: Serial murderer granted 3 requests before Superbike confession

Todd Kohlhepp leaves the courtroom of Judge Jimmy Henson after a bond hearing at the Spartanburg Detention Facility, in Spartanburg, S.C. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. The judge denied bond for Kohlhepp, charged with a 2003 quadruple slaying and more recently holding a woman captive on his property. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

WOODRUFF, S.C. (WSPA and AP) – In an interview, Spartanburg Co. Sheriff Chuck Wright says they granted 3 requests from murder and kidnapping suspect, Todd Kohlhepp before he confessed to the Superbike Motorsports murders.

Those were:

· Wright took a picture to his mom

· Wright let him talk to his mom

· Transfer money to a girl he is helping raise to pay for college

“He wanted me to give his mom a picture, so I did. He wanted to be the one to tell his mom some stuff, so I did. So I actually said a prayer with him,” said Wright.

Wright said investigators built a rapport with Kohlhepp.

“We treat everyone when they come into the sheriff’s office or the detention center like God’s children. We just don’t mistreat them and people respond when you treat them like humans,” Wright said.

He says he thinks Kohlhepp wants to make things right. He told the Herald Journal that Kohlhepp was remorseful.

“We had prayer, the mom and I and the stepdad. And I drove them here and then he did as he agreed. He kept his word,” said Wright.


Investigators in Spartanburg Co. 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.

Todd Kohlhepp has become 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.

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

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

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


It has been 13 years since the Superbike Motorsports 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.

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.


Kohlhepp is a registered sex offender in SC.

The registry says he is a Juvenile Tier III type offender for a 10/16/1987 conviction in AZ for Kidnapping.

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

He was 15-years-old at the time of the crime.

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

He was living with his biological father at the time of the kidnapping.

According to court documents, Kohlhepp forced the girl into his home and tied her hands and put tape over her mouth and sexually assaulted her.

The court 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.


Spartanburg deputies were at a property off Wofford Rd. in Woodruff Thursday afternoon serving a search warrant.

That property is owned by Kohlhepp, according to records.

The sheriff 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 on the property on Friday.

They couple had been missing since August 31.

The sheriff says they may be dealing with a possible serial killer and there could be 4 bodies on the property. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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