WOODRUFF, S.C. — Kala Brown, who was chained inside a metal container for two months, said she watched captor Todd Kohlhepp shoot her boyfriend Charles Carver and kill him, according to a testimony Friday during a bond hearing.
Solicitor Barry Barnette said Brown told investigators she witnessed Kohlhepp kill Carver. Kohlhepp appeared in court on Friday afternoon at the Spartanburg County jail. An initial court appearance for Kohlhepp is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2017.
Before daylight broke Friday over the countryside north the city of 4,000, dozens of investigators gathered at the scene where the 30-year-old Brown was found “chained up like a dog” fewer than 24 hours earlier.
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Brown's boyfriend, Charles Carver, 32, remained missing as the sun rose. And investigators feared Thursday that they were dealing with a serial killer as they combed over a fenced property of nearly 100 acres where they were told bear traps may be laid.
Deputies arrested Todd Christopher Kohlhepp, 45, of Moore, S.C., on Thursday as they were executing a search warrant as part of a missing persons investigation with Anderson police. The real-estate broker owns the property though he lives about nine miles away.
Kohlhepp has been a private pilot licensed to fly a single-engine plane since March 2006, according to
He also owns at least two expensive cars, a
In November 1986 in Tempe, Ariz., he was accused of raping a 14-year-old girl and pointing a gun at her head when he was 15, according to WHNS-TV, Greenville. He served time in prison from 1987 to 2001.
He was convicted in adult court Oct. 16, 1987, and is classified as a Tier III offender, the most serious, according to the state sex-offender registry. Though his initial crimes were in Arizona, he is not listed in the online registry for that state, likely because of his move to South Carolina.
“We don’t know what goes on inside (closed) doors,” said his next-door neighbor, Maurene Owen. “It makes life such a scary place when you think of it like that.”
Though charges in Brown's case had not been formally filed as of 6 a.m. ET, Kohlhepp is scheduled for an initial hearing at 2 p.m. at Spartanburg County Jail, according to Murray Glenn, 7th Judicial Circuit solicitor’s office spokesman.
Brown worked for Kohlhepp, cleaning houses before he offered them for sale or rent, according to her close friend,
Miller said she believes that Brown started working for Kohlhepp just weeks before she disappeared.
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