3 murder warrants issued for SC man sheriff said killed 7

Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).
Todd Kohlhepp is escorted into a Spartanburg County magistrate courtroom, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 (Tim Kimzey/The Spartanburg Herald-Journal via AP).

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man suspected of being a serial killer was formally charged with three additional counts of murder Monday for bodies found buried on his land.

The murder warrants against Todd Kohlhepp weren’t a surprise. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright already said the 45-year-old real estate agent was responsible for those three killings and four more at a motorcycle shop in 2003.

Kohlhepp was charged with killing 32-year-old Charlie Carver between Aug. 30 and Sept. 2. Carver went to see Kohlhepp with his girlfriend to check on a cleaning job when he was shot and killed and she was kidnapped, authorities said.

Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)
Undated photo of Karla Brown and Charles Carver. (Courtesy WSPA)

Kohlhepp was arrested Nov. 3 after deputies found Carver’s girlfriend chained in a storage container, Wright said.

Kohlhepp shot 25-year-old Meagan McCraw-Coxie on Christmas or Dec. 26 after holding her against her will for about a week, according to arrest warrants that include a kidnapping charge.

Her husband, 29-year-old Johnny Coxie was shot and killed a week earlier, a warrant said.

The Coxies were reported missing last December. Coxie was killed a day after his wife was released from jail. McCraw-Coxie had told her mother she needed to be bonded out so she could go to a job, but then her mother lost contact, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Bobo said.

Kohlhepp already faces four additional murder charges for killing the owner, service manager, mechanic and bookkeeper at a motorcycle shop in 2003.

Kohlhepp waived a bond hearing Monday night, according to media reports.