Sheriff: Man killed at least 7, confesses to 2003 slayings

Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Spartanburg, S.C.. Kohlhepp, a 45-year-old registered sex offender with a previous kidnapping conviction, appeared at a bond hearing Friday on a kidnapping charge in connection to a woman being found chained inside a storage container on a property in Woodruff, S.C. More charges will be filed later, the prosecutor told the court. (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP)
Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Spartanburg, S.C.. Kohlhepp, a 45-year-old registered sex offender with a previous kidnapping conviction, appeared at a bond hearing Friday on a kidnapping charge in connection to a woman being found chained inside a storage container on a property in Woodruff, S.C. More charges will be filed later, the prosecutor told the court. (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP)

WOODRUFF, S.C. (AP) – A sheriff says the man arrested after a woman was found chained on his property in rural South Carolina killed at least seven people.

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright says Todd Kohlhepp confessed Saturday that he was the shooter who killed four people at a motorcycle shop in 2003. Wright says Kohlhepp also showed law enforcement officers Saturday the gravesites of two of his other victims buried on his 95-acre property near Woodruff.

That’s in addition to the body found Friday at the site. Wright and Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified that victim as 32-year-old Charles Carver, the boyfriend of the woman found in a locked metal container Thursday.

Wright says “God answered our prayers” in solving the 13-year-old cold case.

The sheriff says it’s possible more bodies will be uncovered.

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