Update: Husband Charged with 2 Murder Counts in Ascot Estates Deaths
The Richland County Sheriff's Department charged Brett Parker on Friday afternoon.
Updated, 7:40 p.m.: The Richland County Sheriff's Department arrested Brett Parker Friday and charged him with two counts of murder in the April shooting deaths of his wife and a family acquaintance.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said during a press conference that Brett Parker turned himself in to authorities at 3 p.m. and is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.
On April 13, deputies found Tammy Parker, 44, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, in two different locations of the Parkers' Tackeria Court home in Irmo.
Both were shot multiple times with two different guns owned by Brett, Lott said.
Brett told investigators that Capnerhurst came to the home on an arranged visit to pick up $20,000 that Brett owed Capnerhurst from his sports betting (gambling) operation.
Capnerhurst's visit to the Parker's home was not uncommon.
“This was something that was regularly done,” Lott said. “It was a scheduled visit. [Brett] Parker had told Capnerhurst when to come [and] how to come.”
“This was a normal visit. It was not something that was a surprise. He was expecting him there.”
Lott said Brett told deputies he was occupied in a room in the lower part of the house when Capnerhurst arrived. Brett told Capnerhurst to go upstairs where Tammy was and that he would be right up momentarily.
Shortly after Capnerhurst went upstairs, Brett said he heard multiple gunshots, Lott said.
Brett told investigators that he went upstairs where Capnerhurst confronted him at gunpoint. He said Capnerhurst ordered him to go upstairs to the attic area where a safe was held and for Brett to open the safe.
Brett told police he had hidden a gun on top of the safe. He said he grabbed the gun and turn around, and shot Capnerhurst.
Brett also said he found his wife had been shot and called 911.
The gun that Parker said was used to shoot Tammy was the pistol he said he had recently given to Capnerhurst, Lott said.
Ballistics reports verified the gun was the weapon used to shoot Tammy, Lott said.
Lott would not say what the motive was for shooting Tammy. He did confirm that Tammy was shot first.
Lott, however, said forensic evidence does not match Brett's story.
“The evidence at the scene does not match the story that Brett Parker told us happened,” Lott said. "It does not match at all."
For three months the sheriff's department has been quiet about the investigation.
Lott said it was because he wanted to have all the facts.
“I wasn’t going to stand at this podium until I knew everything I was talking about,” Lott said. “Today I can talk about facts.”
"For me to get up and discuss every little theory that somebody had or every little piece [or] part of the investigation would’ve been an injustice to everybody."
"When I stand up here, I want to be able to talk about facts. Today, that’s what I’m doing. Talking about facts that we made an arrest ... we have enough evidence to prove that Brett Parker killed two people."
Brett Parker, 42, was a bookie and Capnerhurst was an employee in Brett’s gambling operation, Lott said.
The U.S. Secret Service and the sheriff's department is actively investigating Brett’s gambling operation "as well as other gambling operations that was connected to his.”
The gambling investigation, which began the day of the shootings at the request of the sheriff’s department, is still continuing.
Lott said Tammy was aware of Brett’s operation but declined to say whether she was involved.
“This has been a very complex and complicated case,” Lott said. "We had to rely on the evidence being examined that we were not able to do the forensics examinations on."
"We had to use outside experts and pathologists, gunshot residue and other forensics to help us out and that has a lot to do with the time of the investigation."
The gambling investigation was also part of the reason why it took so long, Lott said.
"You had two investigations going on at the same time that we had to coordinate. We wanted to make sure that we did not mess up with either one of them."
Lott refused to go into more detail about the evidence of the case, stating that "it would come out in trial."
Lott did address rumors circulating in the community about a love triangle between Tammy and Capnerhurst.
"There was no love triangle. No one came home and caught anybody with anybody."
"These three people knew each other. They were friends. He [Capnerhurst] didn’t hide his car. He parked his car where he always parked his car. It was arranged for him to be there."
Lott said “gambling played a big part in this case and how it ended.”
“This is a very tragic crime that has changed the lives of many people," he said. "Some people say that gambling is a victimless crime but I think that if you ask [the families and friends of Tammy Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst] they’ll tell you that there are victims associated with gambling.”
A bond hearing is expected to be held next week.
Original, 4:08 p.m.: The Richland County Sheriff's Department has arrested Brett Parker, charging him with two counts of murder in the April shooting deaths of his wife and a family aquaintance, according to WIS-TV.
Sheriff's department officials plan to address the media this afternoon, but little is known about how the investigation has progressed to this point.
Back on April 13, Tammy Brett and Bryan Capnerhurst were shot and killed in the Ascot Estates home owned by the Bretts.
Two weeks ago, that home went up for sale. But deputies have said nearly nothing on the case since the shootings occurred.
Brett's attorney, meanwhile, told local media that his client shot Capnerhurst in self-defense after his wife had been shot and killed.