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A Spartanburg County Sheriff’s investigative report says Kohlhepp “confessed to investigators that he shot and killed” the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper of the motorcycle shop. “Kohlhepp gave details . that only the killer would know,” the report says.
Wright says Kohlhepp also showed law enforcement officers Saturday where he says he buried two other victims on his 95 acre property near Woodruff. Wright said there could be more bodies.
Those are in addition to the body found Friday at the site. Carver died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Carver and the woman went missing around Aug.
The wife of one of the 2003 victims said detectives told her Kohlhepp was an angry customer who had been in the shop several times.
Melissa Ponder told The Associated Press she had resigned herself to her husband Scott’s death remaining unsolved until she got a phone call Saturday evening from detectives.
“He knew too much about the crime scene,” Ponder said of Kohlhepp’s account to detectives. “He knew everything.”
“It isn’t closure, but it is an answer,” Ponder said. “And I am thankful for that.”
The parents of another 2003 victim, 29 year old service manager Brian Lucas, came to Spartanburg for the suspect’s bond hearing on Sunday, the 13th anniversary of the killings.
Standing with his wife before the hearing, Tom Lucas said he wants to be in court to look the man accused of killing his son in the eye.
“We want to see the face. I want to look at him, and I want to try to use that in healing,” he said.
Lorraine Lucas said she started counseling sessions several weeks ago to prepare herself in case a suspect was ever arrested.
“I needed to be prepared for when they do make an arrest, so we can accept what happened,” she said.
Before Kohlhepp emerged as a suspect,
investigators have said all four victims were killed with the same 9 mm pistol. They have theorized that the killer came in the back, perhaps through an open garage door, and killed mechanic Chris Sherbert, 26, as he worked. Bookkeeper Beverly Guy, 52, was found just outside the bathroom in the middle of the showroom.
Thirty year old shop owner Scott Ponder was found just outside the door in the parking lot. He was Guy’s son. Brian Lucas was in the doorway.
Kohlhepp was released from prison in Arizona in 2001. As a teenager, he was convicted of raping a 14 year old neighbor at gunpoint and threatening to kill her siblings if she called police. Kohlhepp had to register as a sex offender.
But that didn’t stop him from getting a South Carolina real estate license in 2006 and building a firm.
Wright said “it’s strange” that Kohlhepp managed the pretext of a normal life for so long.
Scott Waldrop, who’s lived next door to the Woodruff property for nearly 22 years, said he thought Kohlhepp was a serious Doomsday “prepper” who liked his privacy, but “he didn’t seem like a threat.”
Waldrop said when he saw the container, it was full of bottled water and canned goods. After buying the property two years ago, Kohlhepp immediately started putting a chain link fence around it.
Waldrop said Kohlhepp paid him to put no trespassing signs, cut trees and do other odd jobs around the property. Kohlhepp also installed deer cameras and put bear traps throughout.
“I was the only one he let over there, I think because I laughed at his jokes and listened to him,
” he said. “I just hate to know somebody who’s done something like this.”