Prosecutors and defense attorneys involved in the case of a Columbia County mother and son accused of beating her neighbor in March are one step closer to trying the case.
Defense attorneys for Rebecca Bowers Sears, 41, and Sean Christopher Bowers, 20, made several requests today at one of several pre-trial hearings.
Sears, of the 200 block of Hot Springs Drive, and Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, are charged in the death of Sears' next-door neighbor, Laverne "Kay" Parsons.
On March 25, Parsons was found in her garage beaten to death with a bat and a claw hammer. Sears and Bowers were arrested a few days later. Both were indicted on murder, armed robbery and burglary charges in April.
Sears' attorney Victor Hawk, asked for results from tests performed on forensic evidence by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta.
"We believe within 10 months, they should have been able to get this done," said Hawk, whose brother, Jacque represents Bowers.
District Attorney Ashley Wright has said that because of the large amount of evidence to be processed, it was sent to the crime lab in waves. Most of the tests are complete, she said, adding that some phone records will be available next week and the analysis of a computer hard drive would take longer.
Test information will be shared with defense attorneys as soon as testing is complete and results are made available, Wright said.
"If we get anything, we're going to turn it over whether it is relevant or not," Wright said. "All I can tell you is when we get them (results), we'll turn them over."
The Hawks agreed that they have other pending motions, many pertaining to the trial itself.
By law, Sears and Bowers will be tried separately because Wright plans to seek the death penalty.
A trial date has not been set. But more pre-trial motions will be presented at February and March hearings.