Brett Parker breaks down, has to leave courtroom
Thu, 16 May 2013 16:26:33 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The man accused of shooting his wife and family friend broke down after the jury left the courtroom for an afternoon break Thursday.
Brett Parker was sobbing loudly, and was consoled by his defense team before being escorted out of the courtroom.
Thursday morning testimony was given by Chief Medical Examiner Bradley Marcus during Brett Parker's murder trial, he gave graphic details of the wounds Tammy Jo endured at Parker's Ascot Estates home in April 2012.
Prosecutor Luck Campbell tried to enter pictures of Tammy Jo's bullet wounds, but Parker's attorney Mark Whitlark argued that those pictures would "inflame and sicken" the jury. The defense claims it would cause prejudice in their case that Parker killed gambling associate Bryan Capnerhurst in self defense after Capnerhurst shot Parker's wife.
Judge DeAndrea Benjamin ruled in Whitlark's favor, however the Medical Examiner was allowed to show diagrams made the day of the autopsy.
Marcus testified that he believed Tammy Jo was running away from her shooter due to bullet wounds in her arms.
Parker's wife, Tammy Jo, was shot almost a dozen times however none of them were fatal except the shot to her head.
Objections from Whitlark stalled the medical examiner from testifying about Bryan Capnerhurst's autopsy report before the afternoon break, due to the objection the jury was excused which is when Parker became hysterical and had to leave.
Jurors were released early, and Parker never returned to court.
A source tells WACH Fox that he was taken to the hospital and is awaiting tests.