Judge hears requests in fatal beating case in Columbia County

Attorneys for a Columbia County mother and son accused of fatally beating the woman’s neighbor in March presented several motions to a judge this morning.


Victor Hawk, representing Rebecca Bowers Sears, and Jacque Hawk, attorney for Christopher Sean Bowers, made several motions prior to the trial in which District Attorney Ashley Wright has said she plans to seek the death penalty.

Ms. Sears, 41, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, and Mr. Bowers, of the 400 block of Briarwood Drive in Martinez, are accused of beating Laverne “Kay” Parsons, Ms. Sears’ next-door neighbor and co-worker on March 25.

Both pleaded not guilty to murder, armed robbery and burglary charges in May.

The pre-trial motions included a request by Victor Hawk to review the crime scene with his client. Mr. Hawk said it is Ms. Sears’ right to view the crime scene, but said they have no intention of undermining the prosecution of the case.

“We have the duty to investigate,” Mr. Hawk said.

Ms. Wright said she is opposed to allowing Ms. Sears into Ms. Parson’s home, where her family still lives and is next door to her own home.

“The expectation is that we will let the woman who alleged killed (Mrs. Parsons) back into the home,” Wright said.

Ms. Sears has a history of making false statements to police to throw off the investigation including having her son shoot her and claim she was assaulted outside her Augusta workplace.

Approval of the motion would “allow her (Ms. Sears) to invade the home of the victim where her husband and three small children are still living,” Wright said.

Superior Court Judge Sheryl Jolly asked Mr. Hawk to submit case law and his arguments for her review. She will allow Ms. Wright to respond before ruling on the motion.

Mr. Hawk also asked for any handwritten notes made by investigators during a more than two-hour gap in Ms. Sears’ interrogation during which he believes she made culpable statements.

Among several motions made at the hearing, Mr. Hawk also requested that all evidence be preserved for independent testing.

“Our concern in this case is that there will be significant scientific testing in this case,” Mr. Hawk said.

Ms. Wright said she has no objections to preserving any evidence. But she did not agree to turn over evidence to independent testing facilities without knowing the company’s background, security and testing practices.

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