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Man suspected in St. Louis County murders denied bond in South Carolina

Tyler Terry was arrested Monday in South Carolina. Terry and Adrienne Simpson were each charged with several counts, including murder, in St. Louis County

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — The South Carolina couple suspected of killing two people in St. Louis County was charged Monday.

St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell said Tyler Terry and Adrienne Simpson were each charged with 14 crimes including murder, robbery and assault in connection with the murders of Dr. Sergei Zacharev and Barbara Goodkin and a previously unreported incident on Highway 170.

The charges come less than a week after St. Louis area police identified Terry and Simpson as suspects in the murders of Dr. Zacharev and Goodkin. Terry and Simpson were also wanted for a series of violent crimes in South Carolina, including two homicides, shootings and a police chase that led to a shootout with officers. 

Simpson was arrested in South Carolina last Monday, but Terry led South Carolina police on a week-long manhunt before being captured earlier Monday.

Terry made his first court appearance in a South Carolina courtroom Tuesday afternoon. He was denied bond on all charges he faces in Chester County and the city of Chester.

Watch Terry's first court appearance in the YouTube video below:

Bell credited the investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department, University City Police Department and the Greater St. Louis Area Major Case Squad for their tireless work on the cases.

In a press conference, Bell said the couple was involved in one more incident in the St. Louis area, a shots fired incident on Interstate 170 near St. Charles Rock Road. Police said that incident happened on May 15, the same day the couple is accused of killing Zacharev and Goodkin. 

According to charging documents, a man was riding in his yellow Corvette at around 10 p.m., when his car was shot at about 10 times. The car was struck three times, and the driver was not injured.

Bell said the people the couple is suspected of killing in South Carolina were Simpson's husband and Terry's partner.

Bell said investigators with the St. Louis County Police Department and University City Police Department are heading to South Carolina to question the suspects.

Terry was safely taken into custody, the Chester County Sheriff's Office confirmed Monday morning.

"Tyler Terry is in custody. No shots were fired by any party. Everyone (including Terry) is safe," the sheriff's office announced.

The sheriff's office shared photos of the arrest scene. Terry was seen wearing all black with a ripped shirt, socks and no shoes. 

The search for Terry in South Carolina intensified over the weekend, with more than 300 officers joining the search for him. He had been on the run for a week.

In all, Terry and Simpson were each charged with:

  • two counts of first-degree murder
  • two counts unlawful use of a weapon
  • one count of first degree attempted assault
  • one count of first-degree robbery
  • one count of first-degree attempted assault 
  • seven counts of armed criminal action

Bell said he believed they would likely face a trial in South Carolina before being tried in St. Louis County.

"What we have seen thus far is that South Carolina authorities have been very collaborative with us, working with us, so we anticipate that they will see a Missouri court at some point, if we have anything to do with it," Bell said.

A funeral was held for Zacharev on Monday. 

Alexander Kourbatov knew him for 20 years, both became friends at SLU.

"We are all glad this dangerous person is off the streets, it is somewhat a relief," Kourbatov said. "I think the best legacy to Dr. Zacharev is an acknowledgment by the criminal justice system, that violent offenders like Mr. Terry and co-conspirator and taking part of those events, should not be released back into society."