Tuesday, May 21, 2013
A man was assaulted and kidnapped at a Broad River Road business Monday night.
Richland County deputies are looking for two men who assaulted another man, tied him up and forced him to tell them where computers were stored. The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Monday at a business at 3005 Broad River Road, which is near St. Andrews Road, said Curtis Wilson, spokesperson for the Richland County Sheriff's Department. The men took three laptops and some tablets, Wilson said. They also took some of the victim's personal items. The two men will be charged with burglary, kidnapping and aggravated assalut, Wilson said. Anyone with information about the incident should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Follow day 9 of the trial here.
Brett Parker, an Irmo man on trial for double murder, owed $175,000 to a former Midlands bookie, according to testimony in day eight of the trial. Lanny Ray Gunter, a man in serving time in federal prison after pleading guilty to a gambling charge, testified that Brett Parker owed him $175,00, according to WIS. Parker was paying off the debt by $5,000 or $10,000 a month. Family and friends of Bryan Capnerhurst, who was found shot dead along with Brett Parker's wife in the Parkers' Ascot Estates home in April 2012, also testified Monday, according to The State. They all said Capnerhurst never owned a gun or talked about guns. Brett Parker's attorneys say Capnerhurst shot Tammy Parker, and Brett Parker then acted in self-defense when he …
Brett Parker is on trial for the April 2012 shootings of his wife and friend.
Brett Parker, an Irmo man on trial for double-murder, will be back in court Monday as week three of his trial starts. Dozens of deputies have testified so far about the crime scene, DNA evidence and technical evidence. The jury also heard testimony last week from family friends of Brett Parker's wife, Tammy Parker, and from the medical examiner who did the autopsies on Tammy Parker and Bryan Capnerhurst, Brett Parker's friend and gambling partner. Tammy Parker and Capnerhurst were found shot dead in the Parkers' Ascot Estates home in April 2012. Prosecutors say the shootings were part of a plan for Brett Parker to collect more than $1 million in insurance money to pay off his gambling debt and get out of his marriage to Tammy Parker. …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The Richland County Sheriff's Department investigated 31 incidents between May 16.
The Richland County Sheriff's Department investigated 31 incidents on May 16, 2013, accroding to its daily report. View the document above to see crimes reported in the county. If you can't view the file, click here. To see prior maps and reports, click here. To see all coverage of Police & Crime in Columbia, click here.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Deputies responded to an aggravated assault at 4349 Crestlite Drive around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night.
One person was stabbed and two others were hit during a fight at a Columbia home Thursday, according to the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Deputies responded to an aggravated assault at 4349 Crestlite Drive around 8:30 p.m., said Richland County spokesman Curtis Wilson. Between eight to 10 people were involved in a verbal altercation that became physical, Wilson said. One person was stabbed in the upper body and transported to a local hospital. The victim's condition is unknown. One male victim was struck in the upper body with an unknown object and one female victim was struck in the head. Deputies do have possible suspects, Wilson said. The cause of the fight is still being determined. Anyone with information about the fight, …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Richland County Sheriff's Department investigated 26 incidents on May 15, 2013,
The Richland County Sheriff's Department investigated 26 incidents on May 15, 2013, according to its daily report. View the document above to see crimes reported in the county. If you can't view the file, click here. To see prior maps and reports, click here. To see all coverage of Police & Crime in Columbia, click here.
Court was dismissed Thursday afternoon after the Irmo man on trial broke down during testimony about his wife's autopsy.
Court was dismissed earlier than expected Thursday afternoon after Brett Parker, an Irmo man on trial for the deaths of his wife and friend, had an emotional breakdown and was taken to the hospital. Brett Parker started crying during testimony about his wife's autopsy, according to WIS. The medical examiner described the multiple gunshot wounds to Tammy Parker, including the fatal shot to the back of her head, according to reports. He also used a diagram to show where Tammy Parker was shot. When Brett Parker became overwhelmed, the judge sent the jury to an early lunch, according to WIS. Brett Parker then started crying loudly. One of Brett Parker's attorneys said he was having heart fluctuations and a rapid heart rate, according to a …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Family friends of Tammy Parker, Brett Parker's wife, testified during trial Wednesday.
Brett Parker, an Irmo man on trial for a double-murder, changed his story about the shootings that left his wife and gambling partner dead inside his Ascot Estates home last April, according to testimony during trial Wednesday. Two family friends of Tammy Parker, Brett Parker's wife, testifed that Brett Parker told them conflicting versions of what happened on the day of the shootings, according to WIS. The two family friends say that the first time Brett Parker told his story, he said that Capnerhurst, who was at his house to collect money Brett Parker owed him, forced him at gunpoint to the safe in the attic, according to The State. Parker said he grabbed a gun and shot at Capnerhurst with his arm behind his back. The second time he …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The jury heard about gunshot residue found on the hands of Parker and the victims, as well as technical evidence about phone calls and video related to the case.
More than a half dozen investigators and tech experts with the Richland County Sheriff's Department testified Tuesday in the Brett Parker murder trial about gunshot residue and technical evidence, according to reports. A lot of gunshot residue was found on the hands of Bryan Capnerhurst, one of the victims in the April 2012 shootings, according to a report in The State. The amount of residue found on his hands was "most consistent with being on the muzzle end of a firearm." Capnerhurst, along with Brett Parker's wife Tammy Jo Parker, were both shot and killed last year in the Parkers' Ascot Estates home. Prosecutors say the shootings were part of a plan to collect more than $1 million in insurance money to pay off his gambling debt and …
Seven additional people were arrested in a bank scam that involved three local banks in Richland County.
Richland County Sheriff's investigators arrested seven additional people they say were involved in a local bank scam operation. Sheriff Leon Lott said in a release that family and friends convinced the suspects to turn themselves in after the department released information about the scam to the media. Investigators say the leaders of the operation would recruit others to take part in the scam by getting them to open up checking accounts at TD Bank, Wood Forest Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank. The scam cost the banks more than $20,000, the department said. Those arrested include the following: Investigators previously announced the arrests of eight people, all of whom face bank fraud and/or forgery charges. Police are still searching for the …