Attorney: Ascot Estates shooting was "self-defense"

Tammy Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst
Tammy Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst
Brett Parker (Source: Facebook)
Brett Parker (Source: Facebook)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The attorney for the only person who survived the Friday the 13th double homicide inside a home in the upscale Ascot Estates subdivision near Irmo says Brett Parker shot and killed Bryan Capnerhurst in self-defense.

For over two weeks, the events at 12 Tackeria Ct. have been shrouded in mystery. The only official information about the incident has come from the coroner and a retracted statement from a sheriff's department spokesperson.

On Monday, Dave Fedor, attorney for 42-year-old Brett Parker, shed some light on what might have happened that day.

Most know how the day ended -- with two shot dead in apparent double homicide. Brett's wife Tammy, 44, had been shot and killed in the upstairs office and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, was found suffering from the same fate in a storage room not far from the office. But, how did it all happen? 

The only person to be questioned and about the shootings has been the only person to walk out of that house alive that day -- Brett Parker.

Fedor says Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst were involved in a sports betting operation together and that Brett owed Bryan money.

On the day of the shootings, Fedor says Bryan showed up at the Parker home sometime around noon and was invited in. What Brett did not know, according to Fedor, was that Bryan had a gun. That gun, according to Fedor, had actually been given to Bryan some time ago by Brett.

Brett told Bryan to go upstairs where Bryan encountered Tammy and for reasons that Fedor has not established, Capnerhurst shot and killed Tammy.

Hearing the shots, Brett ran upstairs and found Capnerhurst pointing the gun at him, Fedor says.

At that point, Bryan ordered Brett to do "something" and Brett went to the safe.

Brett happened to have his own gun on top of the safe, so he grabbed it, turned and fired, killing Capnerhurst, according to Fedor.

Brett called 911 and was waiting in the driveway when emergency crews got to the scene.

Fedor says he believes Richland County will eventually charge Brett with homicide, but calls what Brett did "a complete case of self-defense." Fedor says Brett Parker is not guilty of "one iota" of criminal behavior in the shooting incident.

Sheriff Leon Lott meanwhile, is refusing to go public with details of the investigation. He says it remains "as aggressive as you can get" and that his department is using every technique, process and forensic measures available.

Lott says he is aware of the many rumors, theories and innuendos that have been circulating in the community. He says none of those he's seen have gotten the sequence of events correct. He says there's no need for him to say anything publicly until the facts are established in what he calls a "very complicated who-done-it."

Citing investigatory reasons, Richland County investigators have only released one page of the multiple-page incident report taken after the crime. It is unclear what the rest of the report reveals. Deputies have also refused to release the 911 tapes from that day.

Brett and Tammy were married for 15 years before her April 13 death. That couple has two children.

WIS will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest details.

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