COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - An Irmo man who prosecutors say killed his wife and a man his sports betting ring owed $20,000 is invoking South Carolina's “stand your ground” shooting law in his defense.
The move will delay the trial scheduled to start May 6th.
Brett Parker's attorney argued in a court motion Friday he can't be prosecuted under the state law allowing a person who fears for his life to use deadly force.
Attorney Dave Fedor says Brett Parker shot and killed 46-year-old Bryan Capnerhurst after Capnerhurst killed 44-year-old Tammy Parker and then tried to force her husband to empty money from a safe.
Prosecutors contend Brett Parker fired all the fatal shots in part to collect insurance on his wife.
Parker could face the death penalty if convicted of double murder.