Testimony: Capnerhurst was a glorified clerk for a bookie
Mon, 20 May 2013 19:45:05 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Numerous witnesses testified Monday about Bryan Capnerhurst, one of two people the state believes Brett Parker shot and killed at his Ascot Estates home in April 2012.
Parker claims he shot Capnerhurst in self-defense after Capnerhurst shot and killed his wife Tammy Jo.
Since the beginning of the trial, the defense has painted a picture of Capnerhurst as a person obsessed with the more than $20,000 Parker owed him, who was desperate to pay off high credit card debts.
Monday, some of Capnerhursts closest friends took the stand to contradict that portrayal.
First, Jim Headley, one of Capnerhurst's best friends, testified about his character and described him as an organized hard worker. Headley said on the stand that Capnerhurst worked three jobs to put his daughter through a competitive arts school.
A co-worker of Capnerhurst, Alvin Kelly, was next to take the stand.
Both Headley and Kelly were asked similar questions about the type of work Capnerhurst did for Brett Parker; their answer, "he was a glorified clerk for a bookie."
They both described Capnerhurst's position, saying he answered phones and took bets for Parker over the phone.
During cross examination, Parkers defense attorney Mark Whitlark asked both if Capnerhurst was known to ever have a gun, both said no.
Headley's exact response, "There is no way on Earth that Bryan Capnerhurst had a gun, no way."
When Whitlark questioned Capnerhurst's co-worker about the possibility of Capnerhurst carrying a 9mm gun, Kelly's response was "absolutely not."
Whitlark quickly responded, asking if Kelly was aware that Capnerhurst was found with a gun in his hand and tested positive for gunshot residue.
Other witnesses Monday included Lanny Gunter, who is currently in prison on a federal gambling charge and has known Parker since they were teens. Gunter testified Parker had accumulated more than $100,000 in online gambling debt a month prior to the shootings.
The prosecution and defense also argued over a recording of Parker, which he left on Gunter's voicemail the day of the shootings referring to a "family emergency."