Todd Kohlhepp among dozens of inmates who attempted to sue SCDC with claims of unfair treatment

Todd Kohlhepp (Source: SCDOC)

Serial killer Todd Kohlhepp, who is serving life in prison for seven murders, was among more than two dozen prisoners who claimed unfair prison treatment in a lawsuit.

The handwritten lawsuit was filed in February.

Kohlhepp and 27 other inmates are named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed against four defendants, including the warden and corrections officers serving at Broad River Correctional Facility.

The families of Kohlhepp's victims responded to the lawsuit.

"Their living conditions are better than our victims because the victims didn't have a choice," Chuck Carver said, "And then they have the audacity to complain about how they're being kept."

The lawsuit claims the defendants mistreated and denied the plaintiffs services available to other inmates while they were in protective custody.

Kohlhepp confessed to killing 7 victims, including killing Chuck Carver's son, Charlie David Carver.

"My son doesn't have access to any of that and I don't have access to my son anymore," Carver said, "I don't feel sorry for him, and in my opinion, he shouldn't of had any of that anyway."

The lawsuit also alleges civil rights violations, sexual abuse, issues with living conditions and work credit discrepancies.

The lawsuit states some suicidal inmates were denied access to mental health treatments.

The plaintiffs also claim they were housed in cells with no ventilation in extreme temperatures, and denied furniture and other comfort items.

"What stands out to me the most is the word mistreated," Melissa Ponder said, "You're with murderers and people that have committed armed robbery and rapes, how are you supposed to be treated?"

Todd Kohlhepp also confessed to killing Melissa Ponder's husband, Scott. Ponder said she was at a loss for words when she found out about the suit.

The plaintiffs requested a jury trial and are each asking for $375,000 in damages from each defendant.

"I don't know how they could put a dollar figure on it," Carver said, "I think the whole lawsuit is ridiculous. They're in prison for a reason. It's not a country club. They lost their right to freedom."

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The judge rejected the class action lawsuit and recommended the plaintiffs file individual suits.

“The South Carolina Department of Corrections does comment on litigation," said Jeff Taillon, a spokesman for SCDC.

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