2 charged in killing face hearing

An April 29 hearing has been scheduled to hear evidence against a Columbia County woman and son accused of fatally beating the woman's neighbor last week in her Grovetown home.


Rebecca Bowers Sears, 41, and Christopher Sean Bowers, 19, will appear before a Superior Court judge for the preliminary hearing at the Evans courthouse, said Victor Hawk, Ms. Sears' attorney. The two were arrested last weekend on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of Laverne Katherine "Kay" Parsons, 41.

The defense typically doesn't present evidence at preliminary hearings, which are primarily an opportunity for prosecutors to present evidence justifying the charges, said Mr. Hawk, whose brother Jacque is defending Mr. Bowers.

"It does give some insight as to the nature and circumstances of the case and the weight of the evidence against them," he said.

Ms. Sears is "extremely frightened and depressed by the whole thing," he said. "Who wouldn't be?"

The mother and son are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center. Mr. Hawk said a bond hearing likely won't take place until after the preliminary hearing. Should the court schedule a bond hearing sooner, Mr. Hawk said, he would ask that it be postponed until after the April 29 hearing.

Authorities say they think Mr. Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, and Ms. Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, fatally beat Mrs. Parsons in her home at 229 Hot Springs Drive using a baseball bat and claw hammer. Deputies called to investigate an apparent break-in March 25 found Mrs. Parsons on her garage floor. She died the next day.

Columbia County Magistrate judge Dale Jenereaux said Monday that the conspiracy charges against Mr. Bowers and Ms. Sears likely will be dropped. District Attorney Ashley Wright said Tuesday a decision on charges will be made once the case is presented to a grand jury for indictment.

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