Jury finds Columbia man guilty in murder trial

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Columbia man accused of killing his wife and his business partner.

The Richland County jury deliberated for three hours Tuesday before returning a guilty verdict in the trial of Brett Parker. The jury received the case at 5 p.m.

Parker’s daughter and family wept in the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read. An audible gasp was heard as well.

Prosecutors say Parker killed his wife, Tammy, in April 2012 and tried to frame it on business partner Bryan Capnerhurst.

Parker testified last week that Capnerhurst came into his home and quickly killed his wife, then demanded money from Parker’s safe. Parker says he got a gun from on top of the safe and killed Capnerhurst.

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