They keep on — they’re pushing me and pushing me and pushing me until I break. And why not go to the top?” he replied.
“My feeling is, is that when I get on that stand it’s over for the defendant,” Dr. That — that’s what I’m talkin’ about. “…we had a great time. And– they were just talking about how they thought it was good for him to have safety at his house and to protect Bryan’s family,” she testified.
“She was the bankroll with the family. But I know what happened. And they say they found evidence in the strangest place — the bathroom Parker said he was using when Capnerhurst arrived. And I believed him, and I still do,” Brooke told Schlesinger.
Lindsay Mullins: Yes.
“This is a case about a man that was at the end of his rope who had a desire for money and a plan for violence,” Whitlark told the court. I mean, I had a gambling problem. What is the fact is the fact that Brian pulled the trigger and killed my wife. to help him.
“How much value is that evidence, do you believe?” Schlesinger asked Fedor.
News report: Deputies tell us there’s possibly multiple weapons involved… And I even mentioned to Jack when I got back, I said, ‘You know, Brett and Tammy were just as happy as I’ve ever seen ’em. And they enjoyed themselves.'”
To use his lawyer’s words, Parker has told the jury repeatedly that “he ain’t done it.” And now the jurors will decide if they believe him.
“What was on Brett’s mind, in your view, when he decided to go talk to the sheriff?” Schlesinger asked Jack Parker.
From day one, he has insisted to Brooke he is innocent.
“He wanted to clear himself. Valentine’s Day this past year, Zack came home. “… He says Parker’s big debts were actually no big deal.
There were more clues from Parker’s home surveillance system. And what he found, he says, shows the killings could not have happened the way Brett Parker said.
Except the prosecutors say Brett’s real problem was paying off all those debts. He brought me a Valentine’s card … He owed his father-in-law money. “Now anybody in their right mind isn’t gonna kill a mate that’s making all the money.”
“It’s illegal in state, yes, sir,” Parker replied.
Asked what the waiting was like, Libby Carswell told Schlesinger, “Oh my heart was just pounding. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”
“They can,” said Smith.
“The way we found the magazine and the bullets, they were right on top. The chaotic crime scene seemed to support his story.
But police say the case against Brett Parker was coming together. That there had been no infidelity,” Smith told Schlesinger.
“She was always thinking about the kids,” Leon said. he had a significant injury to his left arm,” Dr.
“We opened the body bag and … Tammy had investments and life insurance worth more than $1 million.
Fedor thinks Capnerhurst believed the answer to all his problems lay inside Brett Parker’s safe in the attic.
But the question is: why would Parker kill his wife and frame Bryan Capnerhurst? The prosecution says he had oldest motive in the book.
Brett Parker now had to tell his kids their mother was dead. That’s — what you do. “…people were drawn to it.”
Brett and Tammy’s daughter, Brooke, told “48 Hours” she saw Capnerhurst in the Parker’s house all the time, taking bets over the phone.
“You are a bookie, correct? “48 Hours” correspondent Richard Schlesinger asked Jack Parker.
“How long have you been doing it?” Schlesinger asked.
South Carolina is one of 33 states with a form of what’s called a “stand your ground” law — the kind of law that was widely discussed in Florida’s George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin case.
“In South Carolina, Fedor explained, “if you’re accused of shooting somebody, they want the defendant to get on the stand and say, ‘I ain’t done it.'”
“About $21.3 was actually owed him -” Smith replied.
“I guess it is illegal,” Schlesinger commented.
“I believe that gun was placed there by Brett Parker,” Dr. “The sheriff’s a politician. The witness is Brooke, Brett Parker’s teenaged daughter.
“It was all over his hands, yes,” Smith replied.
Brett Parker may be innocent in his daughter’s eyes, but the judge sentences him to two consecutive life sentences, no parole.
Defense attorney Mark Whitlark: And matter of fact, if he had called you and said, “Look, I’m havin’ a problem,” you woulda wiped the whole thing clean for him, wouldn’t you?
Asked why, Dr. Grabs the pistol, spins around, and shoots many times at Capnerhurst. And one of those rooms was rented by Brett Parker.
But the prosecutors argue Brett Parker could have killed his wife for lust or money, because he owed over $170,000. He runs out past him, checks his wife. For now, they are living with Brett Parker’s parents, Linda and Jack.
Asked how much money was actually in the safe, Fedor told Schlesinger,” Couple hundred dollars.”
“He was tryin’ to con you?” Schlesinger asked Lott.
“How unusual would it be for the toilet seat to be up” Schlesinger asked Smith.
The surveillance camera was trained on an outside door of the Parker’s house, but police needed to know what was going on on the other side of the door, inside the house. All this other stuff that y’all are tryin’ to paint a picture of, paintin’ me out to be this bad guy is not true.
“Was there any scintilla of doubt in your mind when he looked you in the eye and said, ‘Dad, I did not do this,’ that he was telling you the truth?” Schlesinger asked.
“I did not kill Tammy. And I remember making a commitment to Tammy Jo Parker then that I would do her justice and get to the bottom of this and determine what the truth was.”
THE STATE BUILDS ITS CASE
Investigator Stan Smith and the rest of the Richland County, S.C. … He’d been tryin’ to set it up for some time. She was making approximately $160,000 a year, the goose that lays the golden egg, so to speak,” Fedor told Schlesinger. That’s all she had to hold onto,” said Carswell of her granddaughter.
But Lanny Gunter says Parker might not have needed all that money. and this one was much more sinister.
A NEW THEORY
911 Operator: Calm down for me, I need to know what happened, OK? Who shot your wife?
“For what?” Schlesinger asked.
The amount was a fraction of the $21,000 Capnerhurst thought he was owed.
“And as he had peeked out the driveway he opened the blinds before that and — and he had gunpowder on his hands,” said Smith.
Capnerhurst’s body lay nearby in the attic. No fingerprint. Our two responding officers who checked the bodies actually took the weapon out of — of Bryan Capnerhurst’s hand,” Smith continued.
“He told us when he gave him the gun he gave him the box of shells and the empty magazine,” said Smith.
911 Operator: I completely understand that you are very upset.
“What does that show you?” Schlesinger asked.
Luck Campbell: Your quote. I told ’em what’s happened in that house. The defense wants to convince the jury that Capnerhurst did. “If you loved my daughter, you wouldn’t have killed her, you could have walked away. And she was in an office area — and she looked like she’d tried to run -” said Smith.
But when the prosecutor cross examines Brooke, it does not go well.
Lindsay Mullins: He told me there was a room and I went there.
Brooke and her younger brother, Zack, lost their mother to murder and their father to prison. Brett sold medical supplies when he wasn’t taking bets and Tammy made a six-figure salary selling pharmaceuticals.
Tammy and Brett Parker
“What did you think of that?” Schlesinger asked Brooke.
“And the first body that you’d come across was that of Tammy Parker. Yet Brett Parker, the last man standing, was telling investigator Stan Smith he heard Bryan Capnerhurst shoot his wife.
“Started crying,” she replied.
“Absolutely. “I felt like, you know, after a while, that he was just tryin’ to con me.”
“I mean, I knew he didn’t do it. … “Just went through seeing my wife murdered.”
Brett told Capnerhurst to come over at 12:30 that Friday and home security cameras show he was right on time. How could you kill the mother of your children?” Caswell said. … That’s tough. But as Tammy is, she comforted me and she — she was the best. He had been eager to get his money. The prosecutor claims Parker was coaching his daughter about what to say … He owed about $25,000. Capnerhurst,” Schlesinger said to Fedor. They didn’t really need the money from his bookie business. I was scared. But even with all the evidence that Capnerhurst killed Tammy, police had to ask Brett Parker the obvious questions.
“We … … Marcus told Schlesinger.
Dr. It’s not that I was a gambler. So the defense will now say this was a robbery that escalated to murder. And now Jack Parker needed to be sure his son was not a killer.
“It scared me,” she said.
Brett Parker told police he had to kill his friend, Capnerhurst, or be killed. My f—–g fault I guess.
“She and Brett got along real well. Business was good and the police largely left the town’s bookies alone.
But this case was not going to be that simple. That’s seven minutes before Bryan Capnerhurst was seen arriving. I said, ‘Goddamn it, if you did this, you ‘fess up to it. Because it was very convincing’ on the stand. It was a constant scramble to pay the bills.
“He felt like if he could convince me, then — and if I believed him — then he wouldn’t be charged,” Lott explained. He was carrying a duffle bag that Brett told him to bring to carry the money. They seemed very happy together,” Linda Parker said. And now the defense decides the only person who can save Brett Parker might well be Brett Parker himself.
BRETT PARKER’S BIG RISK
Today, Brett Parker the bookie is making the biggest bet of his life: gambling a jury will believe him when he testifies in his own murder trial.
Defense attorney Mark Whitlark: OK, but you weren’t worried about that, were you?
“Because what did you think?”
“Can I ask why?”
“I’m not doing it just to help him. He never seemed, like, mean or anything, and he was always nice to us.”
Brett and Tammy Parker seemed closer to high society than the criminal underworld. It was pretty significant.”
” — uses the toilet seat,” said Schlesinger.
But despite all the pushing, Brett Parker sticks to his story.
“How much money was owed to him?” Schlesinger asked.
“It’s not a serious crime where we — dedicate a team of people to go out and investigate it,” said Sheriff Leon Lott.
Parker can use all the support he can get. … (weeping)
It is hard to watch.
Luck Campbell: You just testified to this jury twice in your examination, you saw your wife get murdered.
“I cut his hair for 20 years in my beauty salon,” Carswell said. I was in the room and I (sobbing) witnessed them talking about how he was giving a gun to Bryan. Just one week before the killings, Brett narrated home movies of a cruise he and Tammy went on with the kids. Marcus believes Capnerhurst would have dropped the gun as soon as he was shot in the arm. He’d not been paid in months,” Smith explained.
“He was gonna put his foot down. If wouldn’t have taken me five seconds to pull a pistol and shoot him,” he replied.
Brett Parker 911 call: I gave him the f—–g gun about a month ago. “I could not believe either one could do such a thing. I pounded him on his chest. If someone has a pistol pointed at your head, orders you up the stairs and you have to go to a safe, I think your life’s a little bit in danger. I said I saw my wife dead.
“I looked at him with sadness. Smith.
“What did you feel and what did you do when you heard the verdict?” Schlesinger asked Brooke.
In this case, it’s not enough to argue Brett Parker didn’t do it. And we immediately realized if you throw that over your shoulder, that’s gonna be mixed up down in the corner of the bottom of the bag. There was just a gaping hole in his arm so a significant number of those muscles were damaged. Bless her heart, she was tryin’ to save her dad. “What was his financial situation?”
“Are you glad you were there?” Schlesinger asked Brooke.
“I didn’t see how Bryan could do it. Everybody in the courtroom knows what Brooke has been through.
The gun powder residue showed that Capnerhurst could have fired the 9mm pistol that killed Tammy Parker. You twist. she was no dumb blonde.”
It is damaging and racy evidence that Parker was having an affair with Lindsay Mullins, his bank teller. looked at him in the eyes and said basically, ‘I don’t believe you. “It could’ve gotten there anyway.”
Prosecutor Luck Campbell: And what did you do once you go to the motel?
“We learned that Bryan had been very concerned about this meeting. Then the question was: who was standing there? It had to be either Tammy or Brett Parker.
The prosecutor is Luck Campbell.
(CBS News) On any Saturday or Sunday during the season, you can wager almost all eyes in Columbia, S.C., are on football. Don’t put us through a trial. He said, ‘I did not do this.'”
It looked like this case would be closed soon, with compelling evidence showing it was Bryan Capnerhurst who shot Tammy and was then shot by Parker in self-defense. Brett sees his wife lying on the floor … And it comes out in a cloud fashion,” Smith explained.
Lanny Gunter: I’ve never been worried about Brett.
The prosecutor asks Brooke to read a transcript of a recorded phone conversation she had with her father in jail. “He orders Brett Parker upstairs, back to the area where the safe is. She did exactly what she was driven to do,” Rikard said. Brett has on top of the safe, under a blanket, a pistol. Marcus told Schlesinger, “He would not have been able to have a gun in his hand at that — with that type of injury there.”
“What about Mr. 25. Police immediately noticed what was in his hand.
“By that time some red flags had begun to arise,” Smith told Schlesinger, “and I had some serious doubts about Brett Parker’s story. But within about 24 hours, police had a new theory … I don’t know what the verdict’s gonna be. Dave Fedor brought in Mark Whitlark as co-counsel.
“It was not good. That’s hard. Before he went, he called Brett’s father, Jack.
“To get all the money, not just the insurance money. And — how Brett had it made.”
Brett Parker is found guilty of killing both his wife, Tammy, and his friend, Bryan Capnerhurst. What they’re doin’ is not right. Don’t put me, your mother, your kids through a trial.’ And he — he said, ‘Dad, I promise you.’ Tears comin’ out. But here’s the question – will anyone believe her?
WAS PARKER STANDING HIS GROUND?
With Brett Parker’s murder trial fast approaching, Libby Carswell, Tammy’s mother, still could not be sure who killed her daughter. He talked about what a good mother Tammy was. His credit card was maxed out.”
Lanny Gunter: The debt that Brett had under his account was $100,000, $101,000.
Ben Staples: Brett.
Brett Parker: See, there — there you go twistin’ stuff again. That was the most important wound that — Mr. He was anxiously awaiting Bryan Capnerhurst’s arrival,” Smith said. And I … But before he did, he recorded a video on his cell phone asking his 13-year-old daughter and his 5-year-old son for their support:
Asked why, Dr. “But his name’s not Brett Parker, his name is Bryan Capnerhurst.. But Brett Parker’s thumbprint,” said Smith.
“Thirty years,” Parker replied.
On July 20, 2012, 97 days after the killings, Brett Parker surrendered to face two murder charges. Bradley Marcus, the medical examiner.
“It was– it was just one of those fly-by-night things. Gunter, who is serving time on federal charges for being a bookie, was Parker’s bookie. They think Brett killed Tammy, then shot Bryan Capnerhurst and placed that gun in his hand to make it look like Bryan murdered Tammy and threatened to kill Brett.
Four months after the murder conviction, Brett Parker and his father Jack were found guilty on federal charges of operating an illegal gambling business. I had him on my lap and he got up off my lap and he went out and started kickin’ rocks,” Jack Parker recalled, tearing up. Capnerhurst is standing at the stairwell with a pistol,” Fedor said. Never have.
“And was he covered with the residue?” Schlesinger asked.
There was no evidence that Tammy had fired a gun, so police concluded it was Brett looking outside. He says he told Tammy about his compulsive betting:
“He just told me he didn’t do it, and he would never lay a hand on her. And the guy orders him to open the safe. Brett, in the bathroom, told him to go on upstairs. She was murdered. Now that’s a new game in my repertoire,” said Fedor.
Investigators did find lots of gun powder residue at the crime scene, much of it on Bryan Capnerhurst.
Brett Parker stopped talking to investigators, but he started talking to their boss — one of the most powerful men in the county, Sheriff Leon Lott. That your evidence — does not match your story,'” Lott said. You — you twist more stuff than I’ve ever seen.
“Yes. He did it with the help of his parents.
Asked if Capnerhurst seemed mad at Brett, Jack told Schlesinger, “Not really. And I think he realizes he has a problem. owed a lot of money,” Schlesinger reasoned.
“He just said he was goin’– meetin’ Brett, I forgot what time, 12:00, 1:00, something like that,” said Jack Parker.
“$21,300?” Schlesinger asked.
“Right,” Smith affirmed.
“We ultimately processed it and got Brett Parker’s thumbprint off of it,” said Smith.
Brett Parker: I sat in bed. I didn’t see the actual event take place. I didn’t see how Brett could do it,” Carswell said. Police were in luck because the surveillance camera had a time stamp. They believe that the flash was caused by someone opening the blinds to peer through them for two seconds. Brett’s father, Jack, knew the sheriff and asked him to meet with his son.
The family went on frequent vacations together. And on his mother’s card, (cries), he said, ‘I lost a tooth.’ And he wanted us to send that card up with balloons to his mama. Brett’s mother, Linda, went along too.
So 14-year-old Brooke Parker takes the stand.
Marcus testifies that gaping wound on Capnerhurst’s arm shows there was no way he could have held onto the gun. And I drilled him like a drill sergeant,” Jack Parker told Schlesinger. No DNA. She was in court almost every day.
Sheriff Lott agreed to meet Brett.
Produced by Pamela Mason Wagner and Chris Young Ritzen
This case got even tougher to figure out when police learned that the second person found dead in the house, Bryan Capnerhurst, was a close friend of the families. He’d been shot four times. Kills Capnerhurst. Suffice it to say, given what Parker said he was doing, they thought the toilet seat was in the wrong position.
“No. Bradley Marcus performed his autopsy on Bryan Capnerhurst. Capnerhurst?” Schlesinger asked.
“It was important physical evidence,” said Smith, “it pushed the ball well over the goal line. That has nothin’ to do with it. Capnerhurst received.”
“No, sir,” said Parker.
But the prosecutors argued strongly that the “stand your ground” defense cannot be used in this case because, among other reasons, the killing took place where a crime — illegal sports betting — was being committed. affairs or debt and he indicated he was in a happy marriage. “She was very athletic. And that is the truth. The surveillance video shows Capnerhurst flung that bag over his shoulder – this will become critically important. But his lawyer, Dave Fedor, says Brett really has no choice.
Brett Parker: I did tell ’em the truth. Which he says can mean only one thing:
Evidence pointed to Brett Parker as the killer, but investigators needed more to make an arrest. Stan Smith.
Ben Staples | Parker’s accountant: She had $868,000 of life insurance.
“What is it now that makes you weep still?” Schlesinger asked Jack Parker.
Brett Parker is appealing his murder convictions. That’s the whole thing in this case. He really was. (Cries)
“She was very determined to succeed. That he had probably shot her. So — I think they were very compatible.”
Brett and Tammy Parker with their children
“It shows me he was — stone innocent,” Fedor replied.
Defense attorney Mark Whitlark: You didn’t have plans to run off or anything with Brett Parker, did you?
“I’ve never had a so-called alleged criminal go talk to the sheriff. Smith said. He was also friends with Tammy’s mother, Libby Carswell.
Campbell’s key witness is Dr. And without too much trouble, you can wager on any game you want because there is a barely secret, thriving world of illegal sports betting here. I remember talkin’ to him and he said that ‘Mommy’s at the doctor’s.’ That’s what he said. And then I knew somethin’ was wrong and bad. “So the next mornin’– we went and got the warrants for his arrest. “Brooke was very active in cheerleading. And by now they thought they knew why.
Capnerhurst worked three jobs, but never seemed to make ends meet. What happened to you that day?”
“People do snap, especially if they’re in debt or if they’re … I hope that you can stand up for me,” Brett said in the video message.
“Worthless,” he replied.
“He said his wife had run up the credit bill so bad that he couldn’t borrow $10,” Jack replied. So suspicion started to turn toward Brett Parker — the only person to walk out of that house alive. between he and a female indicative of an affair,” said Maj. It was more — I think [Capnerhurst was] more mad at his [own] wife than he was at anybody.”
Police also discovered why Capnerhurst had come to the house that day: Brett Parker owed him a lot of money.
“I told my grandpa that I remembered I was in the room, and they were having a conversation about it,” Brooke said.
Brett Parker: It’s a f—–g nightmare (crying).
“Yeah, I’ve been doin’ it a while, yes, sir,” he replied.
“Capnerhurst came in the side door. pulled the trigger and killed Tammy. Folks in that community are very concerned … His daughter, Brooke, was there watching when her father was legally branded her mother’s murderer.
Brett Parker: And as we — as we walked by the office, I could see — I could see Tammy’s feet stickin’ outta the bathroom. Remember how Capnerhurst flung his bag over his shoulder? Stan Smith thought it was odd that a box of bullets used in the shooting was found so easily inside the bag.
“But there’s a reason to check the veracity of his story,” said Smith.
Lindsay Mullins: Not at all.
“I just don’t believe that’s normal protocol for a male — to raise the toilet seat after he – “
“We wanna talk about the evidence, the hard, cold facts that prove Brett Parker had no other alternative in his mind but to set up the — the murder of his wife and frame his best friend,” Campbell addressed jurors.
It was a 9mm pistol, the same gun that killed Tammy Parker. Sheriff’s Department weren’t buying Brett Parker’s story about how his wife was killed by his friend, Bryan Capnerhurst.
He was hoping payday would be that day — Friday the 13th — when he went to the Parker’s home hoping to get $21,000 he said Brett owed him from the bookie business. So I think overall she was very happy with the way they were growing up.”
“How important was that evidence?” Schlesinger asked.
“The police investigation revealed that Capnerhurst and his wife had been talking the previous few days about $80,000 to $100,000 being in the safe,” said Fedor.
“He wanted to show me — his house and how it had happened. But yeah,” he replied. A minute or two later, Brett hears gunshots. Zachary was a typical 4- to 5-year-old boy, um, full of energy. He comes out of the bathroom, goes upstairs. we don’t really know if there is a gunman or a gunperson out there right now…
But to police, Bryan Capnerhurst was starting to look more like a victim than a killer and this was now a different kind of case entirely.
This is all playing out in front of Parker’s teenage daughter, Brooke. He was just working — not making much money,” Fedor replied.
The police tested for gun powder residue.
Jack Parker is appealing his gambling conviction.
“To let my dad know I was supporting him,” Brooke replied.
Luck Campbell: Did you think it was important to tell the police the truth?
“I’ve said from the very beginning it was a robbery gone bad,” said Dave Fedor, who has been called a legend in Columbia, S.C., where he’s been a lawyer for more than 50 years.
“The kids,” he replied. It was updated on July 19]
“She said, ‘Daddy gave Bryan a gun.’ I said, ‘How do you know?’ She said, ‘I was there,'” Jack Parker said. … I couldn’t.”
Prosecutor Luck Campbell: And who was the beneficiary listed on that one?
“It was a wonderful experience,” Linda said. And that’s when I called him and told him to turn himself in.”
“Uh- huh,” she affirmed.
Brooke has evidence she believes can help prove her father innocent. … …And then we went back downstairs and we sat at his kitchen table. So they knew these blinds opened at 24 minutes past 12:00. Remember, the gun that killed Tammy was found in Capnerhurst’s hand. From day one,” Lott said. In the way that he needed to use the toilet seat,” said Smith.
[This story first aired on Jan. “… had theorized at that point that he had killed Tammy Parker. “He was a very nice guy. She hugged me. … It was Brett Parker’s gun, but he has a witness who will swear she knows Brett Parker gave it to Capnerhurst a few weeks before the killing. I was there and I remember,” Brooke told Schlesinger.
“I took him in my bedroom with my wife. Was it Brett Parker, her son-in-law, or his assistant, Bryan Capnerhurst?
“We found a series of text messages … He was looking for a big payday,” said Fedor.
“Who in the world’s going to kill his wife just because he’s havin’ an affair? He wasn’t gonna run off with the young lady, as she testified on the stand,” Fedor told Schlesinger.
“Gunpowder residue comes from the firing of a firearm. “That meant somebody had fired a gun and looked out those blinds.”
Nobody knows if the jury believes Brooke’s testimony. And I’m not lying about that. “A number of shots. “I said, “You may have just saved your daddy’s life.'”
“Forty-three days later, and after 80 to 100 police officers were in there tromping all around,” Fedor said. They like the same things as far as sporting events and doing things together. Brett Parker: Never hurt her. The day after the killings, Dr. He’s a good one.”
“To see her up there on the stand. and he brought one to his mother. But that does not mean he is a murderer.
“He was tryin’ to con me,” the sheriff replied.
“No, sir,” Jack Parker replied.
Brett Parker: A friend of mine, Bryan!
“Well, there’s no reason to doubt him,” Schlesinger commented.
Police examined that box of ammunition.
But weeks had elapsed since the killings, and Dave Fedor, Parker’s attorney, did not consider the gunpowder residue significant.
Parker has to confront the sordid details of his life that are now public: his adultery and his gambling addiction. He’d see him up in the office. They had spent hours watching the video from Brett’s home security cameras. “The bone was broken. And naturally, he’s hysterical.”
Angela Rickard knew Tammy was ambitious as far back as high school where Tammy was homecoming queen.
“How do you con a sheriff? How do you con a politician?” Jack Parker said with a laugh. “Somewhere along the line he was back in my lap.
“We asked about … That is the fact. As it turns out, Brett the bookie, was betting his own money, lots of it, and badly.
Parker taught his son, Brett, the business and the two were known as honest bookies who always paid up. … Brett told Fedor what happened next.
Lanny Gunter: We would’ve worked somethin’ out, yes, sir.
Prosecutor Luck Campbell: Cause you would never do anything to hurt her.
“And lo and behold the results came back that there was small, round, lead particles on the blinds, which is consistent with gunpowder residue,” Smith explained. “It’s tough. It’s not that I had an affair. Marcus replied, “Because I’m very confident in what I do and I know what I’m doing in that autopsy room.”
“Brett has a problem. I didn’t tell him any different. But it was not a reason for murder, I promise you that,” said Jack Parker.
After almost three weeks of trial, the jury has its verdict in just over two-and-a half hours.
Brett Parker: I did not say that. She was caught on camera leaving a motel where rooms rent by the hour. “I got in his face. he discovered the blinds bein’ moved,” said Maj. So …” Brooke replied.
Sheriff Lott allowed Brett Parker to walk him through the crime scene.
Asked what Capnerhurst was like, Brooke told Schlesinger, “Well, I thought he was sweet. That’s what happened. I would never hurt Tammy. And I was shakin’. And she did. And he ran upstairs and said that Capnerhurst had a gun fixed on him and demanded that he go open the safe.”
They believe Brett Parker had lied from day one. And Brett Parker told investigators he gave that gun to Capnerhurst for his protection just one month before the shootings.
Defense attorney Dave Fedor thinks he can show a jury that Parker was just “standing his ground”– defending his home and had no reason to kill his wife.
“What were you feeling when you were being cross examined by the prosecutor?” Schlesinger asked Brooke.
“I was in the office, Bryan and my dad were discussing a gun that my dad had. And so I was baffled.”
Prosecutor Luck Campbell: And once inside, did y’all have a sexual encounter?
“We then immediately got a search warrant, went back, tested the blinds,” said Smith.
At first glance there was no apparent reason for Capnerhurst to kill Tammy; everybody seemed to like each other. They were on top as if they’d been placed there,” Smith explained.
Their two children, 5-year-old Zack and 13-year-old Brooke, also seemed happy according to Tammy’s friend, Angela Leon.
“Bad. Prosecutor Luck Campbell is pushing him and he’s pushing back:
“They said self-defense, and to protect the family, so he didn’t die,” said Brooke.
After Brett told his kids, a police officer talked to Brooke about what happened.
“I was scared,” she replied.
“Everybody watched this case. Jack Parker and his son were particularly successful at it.
A split-second flash seen on the video and it might be the key to solving this case.
“Is this a case in your mind where Brett Parker was standing his ground?” Schlesinger asked Fedor.
“He heard shots from upstairs,” Maj. And it– it happens,” said Fedor.
Even his lawyers say there is now no doubt Brett Parker was an adulterer. He began looking into Bryan Capnerhurst.
It is a big risk for Brett Parker. Marcus explained. He was gonna — he was tired of the — excuses. “He said he couldn’t get anything. If I didn’t know the whole case, what he’s sayin’ on the stand, I’d believed him.”
“He said to Brooke, ‘Had he not shot Bryan, Bryan probably would have shot him.’ Now that’s the exact words he told Brooke,” said Linda Parker.
Ten days after the killings, Fedor got a call from the Parkers asking for advice as police continued to investigate. And I believe, as I see it, the evidence proves it, that Brian … And then, 43 days after the killings, detectives saw something in a flash.
“We took his story down at face value and he gave us a written statement to that effect,” said Smith.
News report: 44-year-old Tammy Parker and 46-year-old Bryan Capnerhurst were found dead… this guy’s gotta show up, ’cause if this guy doesn’t show up, he’s got a problem.”
“Our deputies reported that he had been clutching a weapon when they got there. He wanted the money that he was owed,” said Smith.
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“Do you believe that he killed his wife and Bryan Capnerhurst to get the insurance money?” Schlesinger asked Staples, who was the family’s accountant.
“I remember when he told Brooke, and Zack was just 5 at the time. …They didn’t deserve this.”
“So do you feel at all like a criminal?” Schlesinger asked.
And when Tammy married Brett, his mother, Linda, thought it was a great match.
But the gentlemanly world of the local bookies suddenly had all of Sheriff Lott’s attention on April 13, 2012, when Brett Parker’s wife and his assistant were shot dead in Brett Parker’s quiet, suburban house.
Brett Parker answered all the questions and police released him that same evening.
“My lieutenant began to continue to study the camera from what we would think would be an irrelevant angle … Marcus told Schlesinger.
“So let’s talk about Mr