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      Brett Parker appears in court for first day of murder trial

      Brett Parker is accused of killing his wife, Tammy, and business partner, Bryan Capnerhurst, at his Irmo home in April 2012.
      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A Midlands man accused of shooting and killing his wife and business partner appeared in court Monday.

      Jury selection for the high-profile Ascot Estates murder trial also began on Monday while the prosecution and defense began laying out their plans for what lies ahead.

      Brett Parker is accused of killing his wife, Tammy, and business partner, Bryan Capnerhurst, at his Irmo home in April 2012.

      Richland County Deputy Joe Ryan was one of the first on the scene of the shooting. He was called to the stand on Monday.

      "He was in the driveway, wearing a red shirt he appeared frantic but he responded well with any directions I gave him," said Ryan.

      Parker's attorney said that his client shot Capnerhurst in self defense after the Lexington man killed Parker's wife. He argued that his client cannot be prosecuted under South Carolina's "Stand Your Ground" law, but prosecutors aren't buying the claim.

      "The state's theory of the case: it was essential for Capnerhurst to show up so he could stage this robbery, subsequent self defense shooting in order to cover up what happened to Tammy," said Luck Campbell.

      The state also says that Parker was in deep gambling debt, having an affair and has a history of lying

      Parker's attorney Mark Whitlark said that the claims are nothing but rumors and innuendo.

      "There's facts in this case and there's a lot of facts that haven't been heard and that are coming to light, and we're going to have some revelations and some facts that are going to come out in this case that are going to be enlightening and there??s two sides to every story," said Whitlark.

      The trial will resume Tuesday morning.