SC man alleged to have killed wife for insurance and 401k money

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – Brett Parker, the man accused of a double killing inside his Ascot Estates home, made his first appearance in court on Thursday where bond was denied after prosecutors described what they characterize as a cold-blooded scheme to kill his wife and one of his employees.

During the hearing, prosecutors said Brett Parker was involved in at least two extra-marital affairs in the four months prior to the incident. They also allege that Parker killed Tammy to try to collect over $1 million in insurance money and 401K proceeds.

Parker’s defense attorney says the accusations are “absolutely ridiculous.”

Fifth Circuit Solicitor Dan Johnson may eventually have to decide whether the twin killing will be prosecuted as a death penalty case. To qualify, the murders would have to include at least one of a dozen aggravating circumstances.

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