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Last man to see '03 Superbike murder victim speaks to victim's widow for first time

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The victims of the 2003 Superbike Motorsports killings, from left to right: Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert, Brian Lucas and Scott Ponder. (File/FOX Carolina) The victims of the 2003 Superbike Motorsports killings, from left to right: Beverly Guy, Chris Sherbert, Brian Lucas and Scott Ponder. (File/FOX Carolina)
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For the first time in 13 years, the last customer in Superbike Motorsports before the murder of four people, speaks to the family of one of the victims.

Melissa Ponder, the widow of Superbike victim Scott Ponder, and her son Scottie were able to talk with the last customer in Superbike Motorsports the day Scott and three others were killed by Todd Kohlhepp.

Kelly Sisk was the last person to see Scott Ponder alive in the store on November 6, 2003 – more than 13 years ago – while also in the presence of Kohlhepp.

"Scott was talking to him and I overheard some of the conversation and Scott had told him about the bike they were looking at," Sisk said. "I heard their conversation for a minute or so, and I happened to look over and that's when I got a good look at the customer."

Sisk said he didn't notice anything odd about their interaction. 

“Me and my son hung around a little bit more," Sisk said. "After being there a good 30 or 40 minutes I said we need to leave to go get your brother and sister.”

Sisk didn't realize it at the time, but he was in the shop with the man who would later confess to committing the quadruple murders – Todd Kohlhepp.

"In a couple of the police interviews, he said that he was waiting on customers to leave and I always thought that if he was worried about anything, I would be lying right beside them," said Sisk.

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 “We had almost gone back but I decided not to. So we could've been right up in the middle of it or I could've went back with my kids and found them. Just a bunch of scenarios that could happen.”

Sisk said he was paying down some money on a go cart for his son right before the murders occurred. He said they were about to go back to the store when a conversation that ran long at his kids' school kept them out of harm's way.

Since then he had been working with investigators to answer questions about the case, but he never revealed his identity to protect his family.

“I didn't want someone coming after them, something to happen to my kids. So we all agreed just to keep it quiet and I always kept it quiet. I kept it to myself only a handful of people actually knew that I knew.”

Now that Kohlhepp has confessed to the murders, Sisk said he feels free to come forward and talk with the victim's families.

Melissa Ponder says it’s therapeutic to talk with someone to have been the last person to speak with her husband.

“It’s another piece of therapy for us talking with somebody that actually was probably the last person to have a conversation with Scott before his death,” Ponder said.

That simple conversation has gone a long way in helping Ponder and her son Scottie heal.

“It was a really good conversation. I mean honestly I had butterflies in my heart just imagining this individual been in the same room as the person that ended up taking my husband's life," Ponder said. "That was a big deal."

Sisk said he’s glad the Ponders are able to find a little healing after speaking with him, but he believes he’s just a small part in that process.

“I don't think I played a major part, but I think I played a small part,” Sisk said. “It was just me trying to help somebody. I could care less about anything, but I just wanted to help them.”

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