SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Todd Kohlhepp appeared in court Friday following a lawsuit filed against the serial killer by the families of Superbike murder victims.
Families of three of the four victims murdered in 2003 at the Chesnee business are suing Kohlhepp.
The estates of Scott Ponder, Beverly Guy and Brian Lucas are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. They are suing Kohlhepp for medical expenses and other damages.
Family members say in the lawsuit they suffered emotional distress as a result of Kohlhepp’s “heinous crime.”
On Friday, Brian Lucas’ mother, Lorraine Lucas, was among those to take the witness stand.
Words, she said, could next express the heartbreak over losing a child.
“Because of the man sitting at that table….Brian Lucas is gone from our lives forever,” Lorraine said of Kohlhepp.
“Even more heartbreaking is that his two sons do not know their father who loved them,” she said.
Authorities said Kohlhepp confessed to the Superbike murders after sheriff’s deputies found a woman chained in a storage container on his Woodruff property in late 2016.
That victim, Kala Brown, was held captive after Kohlhepp shot her boyfriend to death in front of her. Charlie Carver’s body was found buried on the property with local couple Meagan and Johnny Coxie.
Kohlhepp pled guilty to murdering all seven victims and other crimes in May 2017. He received seven consecutive life sentences as part of a plea agreement. He also received 60 years for kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual conduct and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
In August, Kala Brown was awarded more than $6.3 million in a lawsuit against Kohlhepp.