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Brett Parker taken to hospital after emotional breakdown in courtroom

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Brett parker is loaded onto an ambulance Wednesday. (Source: Jack Kuenzie) Brett parker is loaded onto an ambulance Wednesday. (Source: Jack Kuenzie)
Brett Parker leaves court Wednesday. (Source: Jack Kuenzie) Brett Parker leaves court Wednesday. (Source: Jack Kuenzie)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

The man on trial for killing his wife and best friend was escorted out of the courtroom Wednesday morning and taken to an area hospital after having an emotional outburst during testimony.

Brett Parker became overwhelmed during testimony from Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Bradley Marcus about the autopsies of his wife Tammy Jo Parker and friend Bryan Capnerhurst.

Some of the medical examiner's remarks were difficult for family members to hear. And that was apparently true for the defendant as well.

Brett Parker put his head down in his hands and dabbed repeatedly at his eyes with a tissue. Then, after the jury was sent out of the courtroom, Parker began sobbing loudly.

At one point he was heard referring to Tammy Jo saying, according to his attorney, that he couldn't take hearing any more about what happened to her.

His attorneys tried to calm Parker down but a few minutes later he was removed from the courtroom.

As he was passing TV cameras, Parker paused for a moment and put his hand to his forehead.

About 20 minutes later, EMS workers arrived and put Parker on a gurney to take him down to the underground parking garage, where they transferred him to an ambulance.

Parker was taken to an area hospital apparently for treatment of symptoms of an anxiety or panic attack.

Court did not resume as scheduled at 1:30. After about an hour with no sign of Parker, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin canceled the afternoon session.

Testimony is scheduled to resume Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. 

Jack Kuenzie continues to follow this case and will be in the courtroom until a verdict is reached. Follow him on Twitter: @JKuenzie.

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