Greenville man found guilty in murder of Eastside couple

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A jury has found a Greenville man guilty on all charges in the slayings of a married couple.

Media outlets report a judge sentenced 25-year-old Jonathan Donnell Rhodes Thursday to three life sentences for convictions on two counts of murder and one count of first-degree burglary.

In October 2012, 78-year-old Gary Wells and 77-year-old Helen Wells were found dead in their home. Each had dozens of wounds, including many that were inflicted post-mortem.

Rhodes’ attorney Jake Erwin says the killer was Shirley Rogers, the couple’s ex-housekeeper and Rhode’s then-girlfriend. Solicitor Walter Wilkins says he believes Rogers was involved, but there’s not enough evidence to take out warrants.

Prior to the Wellses’ deaths, Rogers was fired as a housekeeper. Wilkins says Rogers was the link connecting Rhodes to the Wellses.

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