Woman Chained in Crate Likely Not Captor's First

Indictment reveals new details in Todd Kohlhepp case
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 2, 2017 3:04 AM CST
Woman Chained in Container Likely Not Captor's First
In this Nov. 6, 2016, file photo, Todd Kohlhepp enters the courtroom for a bond hearing in Spartanburg, SC.   (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

Todd Kohlhepp is accused of murdering Kala Brown's boyfriend and then keeping Brown chained up on his South Carolina property for two months—and a newly released indictment against Kohlhepp, who's charged with seven murders, reveals that he may have carried out the same type of crime in the past. In the court documents, authorities say the same crate used for Brown, who was found alive on Nov. 3, 2016, was also used for another woman. Kohlhepp is charged with murdering Johnny Coxie, 29, in Dec. 2015, and keeping his wife, 25-year-old Meagan, in the crate for about six days before shooting her to death and burying her.

Authorities say Kohlhepp, 45, told the couple he would pay them to clean properties he was attempting to sell, which is similar to the story he told Brown and her boyfriend, Charlie Carver, before allegedly abducting them. Kohlhepp reportedly told authorities that upon arriving at his property, Johnny Coxie tried to rob him, so Kohlhepp shot him, the Independent Mail reports. He allegedly said he later killed Meagan Coxie "because she upset him," per an investigator's statement. Kohlhepp is charged with the Coxies' murders, the murder of Brown's boyfriend, and four murders inside a motor sports store in 2003, People reports. (More Todd Kohlhepp stories.)

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