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Greenville man charged in slaying of elderly couple

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Jonathan Rhodes (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathan Rhodes (Greenville Co. Sheriff's Office)
Gary and Helen Wells are seen in this undated photograph. (Courtesy: Wells family friend) Gary and Helen Wells are seen in this undated photograph. (Courtesy: Wells family friend)

Greenville County deputies said a Greenville man was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the death of an elderly couple earlier this month.

Deputies said 78-year-old Gary Wells and his wife, 77-year-old Helen, were found stabbed to death in their Terramont Drive home Oct. 3. They said the couple's bodies were found by their housekeeper, Shirley Rogers.

On Friday, investigators announced the arrest of 22-year-old Jonathan Rhodes in connection with the couple's death. He was charged with two counts each of burglary, murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.

"Scientific evidence obtained during this investigation has led to the arrest of a suspect," said Maj. Shea Smith of the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.

Smith said that they believe the crime was not random, and that the Wells were targeted.

Even with Rhodes arrest, Smith described the investigation as ongoing, saying investigators have not ruled out the possibility of more suspects.

Rhodes was being held in the county jail without bond.

About a week after the Wells's death, deputies arrested Rogers and charged her with bank card and identity fraud. They said Rogers used Helen Wells' bank card without her permission.

During an interview with FOX Carolina about the local charges, Rogers denied stealing money from the Wells. She said she would never have done anything to the couple, who has helped her so much over the last five years.

About a week after Rogers' first arrest, she was arrested by federal agents and charged with theft/possession of stolen mail, unlawful use of a means of identification of another person and access device fraud.

During Friday's press conference, Smith said that Rogers and Rhodes are acquainted, but would not comment on the nature of their relationship.

Rogers is not considered a suspect in the Wells' death, investigators have said.

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