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2003 Superbike quadruple murder: Families speak after Kohlhepp charged

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, details of a quadruple homicide are included on these playing cards passed out to inmates in South Carolina prisons, in Spartanburg, S.C. The cards were created by Tom Lucas, whose son, Brian, was killed in the unsolved shootings of four people inside a motorcycle shop in Spartanburg County on Nov. 6, 2003. Officials say the man arrested after authorities found a woman chained on his property in rural South Carolina killed four people and 3 other bodies were found on his property. Sheriff Chuck Wright said Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, that his confession solved a 13-year-old case. Todd Christopher Kohlhepp confessed he was the shooter who killed four people at the motorcycle shop in Spartanburg County in 2003, Wright said. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - An Upstate family whose son was killed in a 2003 quadruple homicide now knows the name of the man who confessed to killing their son: Todd Kohlhepp, the man who held a woman chained in a container on his nearly 100-acre property in Spartanburg County.

"It's like a lifestyle change. It's a parent's worst nightmare," said Lorraine Lucas, mother of Brian Lucas, in an interview last February year.

Kohlhepp is now charged with four counts of murder in the shooting deaths more than a decade ago at Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee. The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office said in an investigative report filed Saturday that he confessed to the killings.

He is also charged with kidnapping a woman and keeping her chained on a rural property. Her rescue this week led to the break in the murder case.

The confession comes on the 13th anniversary of the shooting deaths of Lucas and three other people at Superbike Motor Sports.

Lorraine Lucas said that around 3 p.m. on November 6, 2003 someone came into Superbike Motorsports in Chesnee and gunned down her son and three other employees including store owner, Scott Ponder, Ponder's mother, Beverly Guy, and another employee, Chris Sherbert.

"Someone or somebodies approached the shop, and to my opinion they corralled them in," said Tom Lucas, father of Brian Lucas, in the February interview. "They went in the back and the front with the sole purpose of killing the people and killing the business."

The Lucases said tips have come in throughout the years, but none of them led to an arrest. "You feel like we're getting somewhere, people are still providing tips, and then at other times, you just feel so tired and so stressed out that you can't go on. But you just can't quit," said Tom Lucas.

"I know that he would want us to do everything absolutely possible to seek justice for he and his friends," said Lorraine Lucas.

Kohlhepp appeared before a magistrate judge in Spartanburg on Sunday and was denied bond. Magistrate Judge Jimmy Henson said a circuit court could revisit the issue of bond later.

Kohlhepp wore an orange jumpsuit and declined to speak when Henson offered him the chance to make a statement. He didn't have an attorney.

Family members of victims of the 2003 slayings were there. Another person whose family members died in a 2003 quadruple slaying says the unexpected arrest of a suspect in the case will bring the families peace.

Terry Guy spoke with reporters outside Spartanburg County jail on his way to Kohlhepp's hearing. Guy's wife and stepson were among those killed in 2003.

Guy said Kohlhepp's arrest means his relatives and the families of others killed can now finally be at peace. He said, "I'm just so relieved."

The Lucases spoke to reporters ahead of a bond hearing for Kohlhepp on Sunday, the 13th anniversary of the killings.

Standing with his wife outside the Spartanburg County Detention Center, Tom Lucas said he wants to be in court to look the man accused of killing his son in the eye.

Tom Lucas said, "We want to see the face. I want to look at him, and I want to try to use that in healing."

Sheriff Chuck Wright says 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 Kala Brown, 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.

The wife of one of the four people killed in a 2003 shooting at a South Carolina motorcycle shop says the man who authorities say confessed to the killing was a disgruntled customer.

Melissa Ponder told The Associated Press she was resigned that her husband Scott's death would never be solved before getting a phone call Saturday evening from one of the case's original detectives.

Ponder says the detectives told family members of all four victims the news at the same time — Todd Kohlhepp confessed to the killings.

Ponder says detectives told her Kohlhepp was an angry customer who had been in the shop several times.

The Superbike killings stunned the Chesnee community, with rumors like they were committed by a Mexican drug gang, or were part of a love triangle crushing the families of the victims.

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