Date set for Ascots Estates double murder trial | News
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS)- The man accused of killing his wife and a business associate in his Ascot Estates home last year will go to trial in early May, according to the Fifth Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Brett Parker could face the death penalty if convicted of murdering Tammy Parker, 44, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, inside the couple's $760,000 home on Tackeria Ct. in April of 2012.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin the week of May 6.
Investigators say Parker ran a gambling operation from his home and he owed Capnerhurst about $20,000 from bets.
Prosecutors say Parker killed his wife to try to collect over $1 million in insurance money and 401K accounts.
Parker initially told sheriff's investigators that he acted in self-defense, but Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said that was not the case.
Prosecutors in prior hearings have characterized Parker's actions as a "cold-blooded scheme to kill his wife and one of his employees."
Parker has been held without bond since his arrest in July.
Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson has not decided whether the killings will be prosecuted as a death penalty case. To qualify, the murders would have to include at least one of a dozen aggravating circumstances.
Johnson's office told WIS in late 2012 that Johnson was "seriously considering" pursuing the death penalty in the case.
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