The woman who found an Upstate couple stabbed to death in their home spoke out about the killings that have left a community shaken, and accusations that she stole from the couple.
Crime scene tape went up a week ago in the Terra Pines neighborhood and what was found inside was bloody and brutal.
The coroner said Gary and Helen Wells died from multiple sharp force injuries. A week later, no arrests have been made and many questions remain unanswered.
Some of those questions center on the couple's housekeeper, Shirley Rogers. Rogers was arrested and held in jail for several days, accused of using Helen Wells' credit card without permission weeks before the killings.
She said she is also the same person who found the bodies on Oct. 3.
Rogers is not a suspect in the double-homicide investigation, but she is accused of credit card fraud and faces three charges that left Helen Wells as a victim.
Rogers said she would never have done anything to the couple who has helped her so much over the last five years. She has a photo of Helen Wells next to her own family photos in her living room, and called the Wells "angels."
Rogers said she was the one who knocked on the Wells' door last Wednesday morning when she arrived to work as their housekeeper. When they didn't answer, she asked the neighbor's son-in-law to help. The two eventually walked through the unlocked front door, and found the Wells lifeless.
Soon after deputies arrived, Rogers said she was taken to the detention center for questioning. By the end of the day, she was arrested, and didn't bond out until Sunday. She said during that time, investigators searched her home and confiscated her property.
"If they had found anything, do you think I'd be here right now," Rogers said.
Rogers said for the last five years she worked for the Wells, and Helen Wells would take her to the Bi-Lo grocery store on East North Street to take out cash to pay her. If she ever needed any more, Helen Wells would front her some money and she would pay it back.
"I wouldn't take nothing from nobody, when I could go ask her for something and she would give it to me. And she gonna get it back, cause I'm going to work [for them]," Rogers said.
Rogers said she even had Helen Wells keep some of her own cash for safety, money Rogers' mother won from a lawsuit.
She said Oct. 1 was the last time she saw Helen Wells, and at that time, they discussed her cash.
It was that day, Rogers said, that she saw the man in the sheriff's department sketch. Investigators are searching for him as a possible witness to the murders.
The sheriff's department said that Rogers isn't being looked at in regard to the Wells' deaths, but the violent crimes investigators are working with the white collar crimes investigators since the victims are the same.
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