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Ascot Estates home had surveillance cameras

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As the sun continues to rise and set over the Ascot Estates subdivision near Irmo, the mystery of what happened on Friday the 13th inside a home on Tackeria Court remains as small details slowly trickle out of the investigation.

The Richland County Sheriff's Department said Monday that its investigators are working hard to figure out who shot and killed Tammy Parker, 44, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, that afternoon. A spokesperson said a lot of complex information is coming in. "They [detectives] have to look at every piece of information that comes in and see if it's valid," said Captain Chris Cowan.

Cowan told WIS late Monday that the house does have exterior surveillance cameras and that the sheriff's department is analyzing the video as part of the investigation. That video and 911 call audio is being withheld from the media because it's considered "evidentiary."

It is unclear if the cameras recorded anything that might help the sheriff's department with the investigation.

Friends said that a 2010 burglary at the home likely led to the Parkers installing the surveillance cameras as added security. Tammy Parker reported that approximately $20,000 worth of jewelry was stolen in that case. Deputies do not believe the burglary and slayings are related.

The only official information that begins to tell the likely complicated story of what led to the deaths of Parker and Capnerhurst has come from Richland County Coroner Gary Watts.

Watts said on Saturday that Capnerhurst was an invited guest to the house and the two were shot with different guns. Both died on the second floor of the home. Parker was found in the office and Capnerhurst in a storage room near the office.

The coroner said that Brett Parker asked Capnerhurst to visit that day so that they could take care of some business. What that business was is not known, but Watts said it was not drug-related.

Brett Parker, who was uninjured, was inside the house at the time of the shootings and was the person who called 911 around 12:30 p.m. Deputies said that he was being questioned on Saturday. He has not been named a suspect and has not been charged with any crime.

A sheriff's department spokesperson initially told WIS that the incident was a robbery that went bad, but retracted that information later and said it was only "preliminary."

Sheriff Leon Lott released a statement Monday to let the families of the victims and the public know that his department is aggressively investigating the deaths.

Both Lott and Watts have said that rumors, innuendo, and speculation are flying around this case, but urged the public to wait for all the facts to come out before reaching any judgements or conclusions about what happened that afternoon.

As the facts continue to come our, stay with WIS every step of the way for the latest on this case.

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