A television show is set to air Wednesday recounting the beating death of a local Grovetown woman by a mother and her son.
The true-crime network, Investigation Discovery, will retell the story of the brutal 2009 murder of Laverne “Kay” Parsons, by Rebecca Bowers Sears and her son Christopher Sean Bowers. The show is tabbed Unusual Suspects: Deadly Intent.
Both Sears and Bowers pleaded guilty to murder in 2012.
On March 25, 2009, Parsons was found in the garage of her Grovetown residence, 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 2010 and later convicted.
Authorities said Sears was having an affair with Parson’s husband, David, and wanted to eliminate her romantic rival.
To try to derail the investigation, Sears and Bowers staged a shooting days after Parsons’ murder. Though Bowers meant only to threaten his mother with a gun before a “witness” listening from Sears’ mobile phone, he pulled the trigger and shot her in the leg in front of her Augusta workplace, said Richmond County sheriff’s investigators.
Then District Attorney Ashley Wright intended to pursue the death penalty, but attorneys for Sears and Bowers negotiated the guilty plea. Sears and Bowers were sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder, life in prison for armed robbery and 20 years for burglary, with the sentences to be served consecutively.
According to the news release, the episode will include interviews with attorneys Jacques Hawk and Victor Hawk, and Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Andy Shedd, among others.