The new Bonnie and Clyde? Tyler Terry, 27, and Adrienne Simpson, 34, are being held in the Chester County Detention Center in South Carolina after being arrested about a week apart for a string of murders that occurred in South Carolina, Tennessee and Missouri. So far the couple has been charged with multiple murders and a slew of assault and attempted murder charges.
NBC affiliate WCNC of Charlotte, North Carolina, reported that the couple are charged with two counts of murder in South Carolina and two counts of murder in fatal shootings in St. Louis County, Missouri. They have also been identified in an investigation into a death in Memphis on May 17 that is believed to be a homicide.
Tyler Terry and Adrienne Simpson are accused of killing Simpson’s husband, Eugene Simpson, and a woman who has been identified in court documents as a former romantic partner of Terry’s in South Carolina on May 2. They also are accused of killing Barbara Goodkin and Sergei Zacharev around mid-May.
Chester County Sheriff Max Dorsey said that around 11 p.m., on May 17 deputies approached a suspicious 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage in the parking lot of Bojangles restaurant, which was closed, at Edgeland Road and Highway 9 in the town of Richburg, S.C. The driver, Simpson and her passenger, Terry, took off and refused to stop, leading deputies on a high-speed chase.
During the chase, which reached speeds of more than 100 mph, Tyler Terry fired several shots at deputies, hitting at least two law enforcement vehicles, according to the sheriff. No deputies were seriously hurt during the exchange of gunfire. The pursuit, which Dorsey said spanned more than 20 miles, led police back to Chester County before crashing on Highway 9 between Sloan Road and Lewisville High School. Following the crash, Simpson was arrested and booked into jail. After a weeklong manhunt, Terry was caught. He was hiding in the woods.
Joseph Spiess, Jr., chief of the police department in Brentwood, a city right outside St. Louis, said there were no connections between either of the victims or the suspects. “We cannot find a tie to either one of these people to St. Louis. From now what it appears, this modern day version of Bonnie and Clyde do several violent crimes in South Carolina then travel across the country,” Spiess said of the suspects. “What they did between South Carolina and Missouri, we do not know.” Some of the murders, he suspected, were motivated by robbery.
On May 2, Tyler Terry allegedly killed 35-year-old Thomas Hardin on Lowry Row in York County, S.C. He is also a suspect in two other shootings that also occurred at Erlich Street in Chester and at Taco Bell on JA Cochran Bypass on the same day. Police say Simpson drove the vehicle during the crimes.
On May 15, between 8-9 p.m., the pair allegedly drove to St. Louis. Once there, they stole a license plate from a truck parked in the driveway of a St. Louis County home and put it on their car. At 10:50 p.m., Terry and Simpson allegedly shot Stanley and Barbara Goodkin in a St. Louis suburb. Barbara was fatally shot in the head, Stanley was shot in the chest, but his cell phone stopped the bullet. Shortly before midnight, the couple reportedly shot and killed Dr. Sergei Zacharev outside a Drury Inn while he is waiting for an Uber.
The next day, May 16, Tyler Terry and Adrienne Simpson traveled to north St. Louis to purchase drugs before returning to South Carolina. At 11 p. m. on May 17, Chester County deputies say they tried to stop Terry and Simpson’s vehicle — the same one connected to the St. Louis murders. That’s when the high-speed chase began.
On May 19, the body of Simpson’s husband — Eugene — was found in Great Falls, S.C. Family members said Eugene Simpson, known by “Geno,” was separated from his wife, Adrienne Simpson. They have two children together. They last saw Tyler Terry outside their Great Falls home last month. Geno ran him off, family members said.