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Jury selection coming soon in Brett Parker double murder trial

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Attorneys in the Brett Parker double murder case could start picking a jury as early as Tuesday. Monday's court action included a decision by defense attorneys to hold off on arguing what they say is the central theme of their case.

The hearing was actually a continuation of one that began a week ago. It was delayed for seven days as the defense tried to examine information they say was submitted by the solicitor's office too late to be reviewed by an expert defense witness.

On Monday, Parker's attorneys tried to get another delay, this time for 30 days. They claim again they didn't have enough time for their own expert's analysis of that material.

Judge Deandrea Benjamin denied the continuance and so the defense decided to hold off further discussion of the evidence as it relates to their theory Parker shot and killed his partner in self-defense under the state's Stand Your Ground law.

We also heard from Richland County's lead investigator, Maj. Stan Smith. He described Brett Parker's behavior in the hours immediately following the violence that took two lives including that of his wife, Tammy.

Smith also alluded to the fact that when he was being questioned, Parker was found to have more than $4,500 in cash in his pocket.

Smith says Parker told him the money was part of a payoff to Bryan Capnerhurst in connection with their gambling business. It's an important point for both sides, because it could strengthen the prosecution's argument that Brett Parker was actively engaged in an illegal activity at the time of the shootings.

The Stand Your Ground law says it does not apply if the party is doing something illegal.

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