Attorney says client used self-defense in Irmo shooting

Two men involved in gunfire were settling sports bet,but gambling was not cause of shooting, lawyer says

05/01/2012 12:00 AM

05/01/2012 9:11 AM

Two men involved in an April 13 shootout at a home in an upscale Irmo neighborhood allegedly were meeting to settle a sports bet before one of the men and a woman were shot to death.

Still, Dave Fedor, a defense attorney for Brett Parker, the lone survivor, said Monday that sports gambling had nothing to do with the incident and that his client acted in self-defense.

Parker, 42, has not been charged in the nearly three-week-old shooting but has been questioned. The investigation is continuing.

Richland County sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the Tackeria Court home around 12:44 p.m. found Parker’s wife, Tammy Parker, 44, and Bryan Capnerhurst, 46, dead from multiple gunshot wounds on the second floor and Brett Parker standing unarmed in the driveway, according to a portion of the incident report.

Two large-caliber pistols were used in the shootings, according to reports from the Richland County Coroner’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Department has not said who shot whom.

But Fedor alleged Monday that Capnerhurst shot first, killing Tammy Parker while her husband was in the bathroom.

Fedor said Brett Parker heard shots being fired and ran to see what was happening.

Capnerhurst then pointed the gun at his client, Fedor alleged.

At some point, Brett Parker went to a safe where he kept a loaded gun on top, Fedor said, adding, “He grabbed the pistol and turned around and fired and killed him.”

That’s a similar story to the one first released by the Sheriff’s Department, then later retracted.

The department has since been tight-lipped about the case and has not released the full incident report or 911 calls, saying they are evidence in the ongoing investigation.

No one understands why Capnerhurst would shoot Tammy Parker, Fedor said.

“That seems to be first on everybody’s mind,” Fedor added.

Fedor said money wasn’t the reason for the shooting.

The Parkers and Capnerhurst were friends and had known each other for five years or longer, Fedor said.

The men were college baseball players, though they played at different schools.

Brett Parker sells medical supplies for Palmetto Home Medical, Fedor said. Tammy Parker, with whom he had two children, also sold medical supplies.

Capnerhurst was assistant athletics director for the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission. He was married with three children.

Public interest in the case remains intense, Sheriff Leon Lott said, prompting the department to ask that people stop stirring rumors and speculation and allow the investigation to be completed.

Fedor said Parker retained his services last week.

Fedor has accompanied Parker on interviews with investigators where Parker has repeated his version of events.

“I believe my client,” Fedor said. “I don’t believe he’s guilty of anything.”

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