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Ballistic Evidence Introduced in Brett Parker Trial

7:14 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -  The trial of an Irmo man accused of killing two people spent Monday focusing on ballistics evidence.

Parker is accused of shooting his wife Tammy and friend Bryan Capnerhurst at the Parkers' home in April of 2012.

Prosecutors say Brett Parker shot the two in an act of premeditated murder. His defense attorneys, however, are arguing that Capnerhurst killed Tammy, and that Brett killed Capnerhurst out of fear for his life.

Investigators testified that one of the guns found at the scene was fired seven times, with five of the bullets hitting Tammy. The defense has tried to paint the picture of a botched investigation, saying deputies removed a gun from Capnerhurst's hand before taking crime scene photos. 

Parker's attorneys also say officers waited 40 days to test blinds in the home for gunshot residue. Deputies claim video shows Parker looking out the blinds waiting for Capnerhurst to arrive after Tammy was already shot.

The court adjourned for the day after prosecutors introduced a panoramic screen depicting three-dimensional images of photos taken at the scene. The defense objected to jurors seeing crime scene photos of the deceased. The judge promised to revisit the matter in the morning.

It was the first day of testimony in the case since last Thursday. Friday no court was held in Richland County because of a state holiday.

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