9 people arrested in Richland County betting ring


COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine men have been arrested as Richland County sheriff's deputies investigate a sports betting operation that was revealed in a double homicide last April.

Capt. Chris Cowan says more people are expected to turn themselves into deputies in the next few days. They will be charged with misdemeanor gambling.

The suspects are accused of placing bets with a sports betting ring operated by 42-year-old Brett Parker of Irmo.

Deputies discovered the operation after Parker's wife and a man were shot to death in the Parkers' home. He is to stand trial on murder charges in May.

Parker also faces a federal charge of operating an illegal gambling business.

Parker told deputies he killed Bryan Capnerhurst after Capnerhurst had killed Tammy Parker.

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