Columbia County woman, son charged with murder expected to plead Friday

Woman, son charged with killing her romantic rival
Rebecca Bowers Sears and her son Christopher Sean Bowers are accused of killing her neighbor, Laverne "Kay" Parsons, in 2009.

A Columbia County woman and her son, accused of killing a neighbor in 2009, appear to be ready to plead guilty at a sentencing hearing today in Evans.

Rebecca Bowers Sears, 44, and Christopher Sean Bowers, 23, are charged with murder in connection to the beating death of Laverne “Kay” Parsons.

Sears and Bowers were listed as an addendum to the Friday sentencing calendar for Superior Court Judge Sheryl B. Jolly. The hearing is set to start at 9 a.m. in the Evans courthouse.

On March 25, 2009, 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. They were indicted on murder, armed robbery and burglary charges in April 2010.

Sears reportedly was having an affair with Parson’s husband and orchestrated the killing to eliminate her romantic rival, authorities have said.

District Attorney Ashley Wright intended to seek the death penalty. Wright said Thursday she can’t discuss a pending case.

Sears’ death-penalty trial was tentatively set in October for last month; at that hearing, her lead defense attorney, Newell Hamilton, said he had no more pretrial motions to file. Other issues, he said, could cause delays.

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