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Mother of accused South Carolina serial killer dies

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — A South Carolina woman whose son faces seven murder charges has died.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said that 70-year-old Regina Ann Tague was found dead Sunday morning in her home by her husband. Clevenger says she is the mother of Todd Kohlhepp, who is charged with four notorious slayings at a motorcycle store in 2003 and three more recent killings.

The real-estate agent was arrested in November after a woman was found chained on his property.

(Todd Kohlhepp)

Tague said in a CBS television interview in November that her son was misunderstood and not a monster.

The coroner said law enforcement officials investigated Tague's death and found no indication of foul play. He expected to release the cause of death on Monday.

Man charged in South Carolina deaths faces another lawsuit

Another lawsuit has been filed against a man accused of killing seven people in South Carolina.

Local news outlets report the mother of Chris Sherbert has sued Todd Kohlhepp, a former real estate agent charged with killing Sherbert and three other people at a Spartanburg County shop.

The lawsuit accuses Kohlhepp of negligence and intentionally inflecting emotional distress.

The case developed after Kohlhepp was arrested on charges of kidnapping an Anderson woman last November. Spartanburg County deputies say Kohlhepp confessed to killing the workers at the Superbike Motorsports shop in 2003.

Kohlhepp is also charged with killing Charles David Carver, the kidnapped woman's boyfriend and Johnny and Meagan Coxie, a husband and wife who disappeared in 2015.

He now faces more than a half dozen lawsuits.

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