CBS’ 48 Hours to air Brett Parker murder case + Preview Video

nophillips@thestate.comJanuary 23, 2014 

Brett Parker took the witness stand May 24 to testify in his own defense in his double murder trial.

THE STATE — FILE PHOTOGRAPH

— The murder case involving an Irmo-area bookie will get a national audience Saturday when CBS’ “48 Hours” broadcasts an hour-long documentary.

The 2012 double murder of Tammy Jo Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst was one of the Midlands most notorious “whodunits.” And Brett Parker’s murder trial last summer gripped the Midlands with its stories of violence, sports gambling and marital affairs.

Richard Schlesinger, who will host Saturday night’s broadcast, said those same elements attracted his news team to the story.

“People in Columbia are not very different from people all over the country,” Schlesinger said.

The episode, titled “Bad Bet,” airs at 10 p.m. Saturday on WLTX (Channel 19).

Brett Parker, who was married to Tammy Jo, told the Richland County Sheriff’s Department that Capnerhurst had come into the family’s home and killed his wife in an attempted armed robbery.

Brett Parker said he had been able to grab a gun from an attic safe and kill Capnerhurst, a friend and co-worker in a sports betting operation.

But investigators believed otherwise.

The “48 Hours” production team spent months in Columbia to observe the trial and interview friends and family of the Parkers as well as investigators who worked on the case.

“The Parker family is fascinating,” Schlesinger said Friday.

A highlight of the broadcast is an interview with Brooke Parker, the couple’s 15-year-old daughter who testified in her father’s defense.

“She’s an impressive young lady,” Schlesinger said. “It was tough to ask her the questions we had to ask her.”

Other features in the broadcast will include one-on-one conversations with Sheriff Leon Lott, Maj. Stan Smith, who leads the sheriff’s department’s major crimes unit, and Richland County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Bradley Marcus.

And, of course, there will be familiar shots of Columbia and USC’s sports teams as the producers set up the sports gambling piece of the story.

 

Reach Phillips at (803) 771-8307.

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