SPARTANBURG, S. C. – The Latest in the prosecution of a man charged in the death of seven people in South Carolina (all times are local):
A South Carolina prosecutor says he will not seek the death penalty against a man who admitted killing seven people because he could not guarantee to the relatives of the victims that the killer would be executed.
Solicitor Barry Barnette said Friday that lawmakers need to figure out a way to restart the death penalty. South Carolina ran out the implementation of drugs and still not be able to a more. The last execution in the state occurred in 2011.
Todd Kohlhepp pleaded guilty to seven murders and other costs. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole, as part of a plea deal. Under the plea, he never had a profession in the sentence.
A man who admitted killing seven people over almost 13 years in South Carolina, while running a successful real estate agent has pleaded guilty to seven murders and a number of other costs.
Todd Kohlhepp has agreed to a plea deal that will send him to prison for life without parole. Prosecutors could have sought the death penalty against Kohlhepp, who was arrested in November after investigators rescued a woman chained in a container on his property for more than two months.
Kohlhepp admitted killing four people at a motorcycle dealership in 2003 after he in a fit of anger something the shop owner said. He also killed a man and a woman do the work at its Spartanburg County property in 2015, and the friend of the woman on a chain in the container.
A man who is accused of the murder of seven people over a 13-year period in South Carolina is on the way to the court.
Prosecutors told the family of the victims to be in court in Spartanburg County on Friday morning, but did not say what the hearing where Todd Kohlhepp would be about.
Authorities say Kohlhepp was arrested in November after the researchers checking on a mobile phone ping in a missing couple case, a woman chained in a container on Kohlhepp property.
Deputies say the woman told them Kohlhepp murdered by her boyfriend two months earlier. The authorities were Kohlhepp also killed a couple he hired to do work on his property in 2015 and four employees at a motorcycle dealership in 2003.
The 44-year-old built a successful real estate agent in South Carolina.