Medical Examiner's testimony challenges Brett Parker's self-defense claim
Fri, 17 May 2013 18:16:24 GMT —
Columbia (WACH) -- Friday, the Chief Medical Examiner for Richland County continued his testimony about the autopsies he performed on Tammy Jo Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst, who were shot to death in April 2012.
Dr. Bradley Marcus was on the witness stand Thursday morning when Brett Parker was escorted from court and taken to the hospital.
Parker, who's accused of killing his wife Tammy Jo and gambling associate Capnerhurst, did not return to the court room until Friday morning.
Marcus testified that Capnerhurst was not able to hold on to anything due arm injuries he received from being shot.
A testimony that is detrimental to the Parker's entire defense that he shot Capnerhurst in self defense after Capnerhurst killed Parker's wife.
Parker's defense attorney Mark Whitlark tried to object his testimony saying he was not qualified, however, Judge DeAndrea Benjamin allowed it.
The jury also heard from Capnerhurst's best friend James Morgan. The 62-year-old gave testimony about several conversations he had with Capnerhurst the morning of the shootings.
Morgan said Capnerhurst told him he was going over to Parker's home in Ascot Estates to collect money he was owed.
According to Morgan's testimony, Capnerhurst was at times "obsessed" with the money Parker owed him because he was under financial stress.
Morgan said Capnerhurst told him about specific instructions given by Parker to bring a bag, let himself in and head up stairs where Parker would be with Tammy Jo.During the cross examination, Whitlark asked Morgan if Capnerhurst was afraid of Parker.
Morgan said he believed he was.