Police find no link between crimes

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Police investigating a fatal beating in Columbia County said Friday they haven't connected it to the shooting of the victim's neighbor Thursday night in Richmond County.

Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris said he knows of no link between the two crimes.

"We have been in contact with Richmond County authorities concerning that matter, but there's no evidence to suggest a link," he said.

Richmond County investigators said Rebecca Sears, 41, was shot in the leg late Thursday outside the Healing Hands Physical Therapy Center on Highland Avenue, where she works.

The day before, Ms. Sears' neighbor Laverne Parsons, also 41 and a Healing Hands employee, was brutally beaten in her home. She died Thursday from those injuries.

Ms. Sears lived at 227 Hot Springs Drive in Columbia County's Orchard Hill subdivision. Mrs. Parsons lived at 229 Hots Springs Drive.

Both women were pictured on the company's Web site, which was taken down Friday afternoon. Both locations of Healing Hands in Augusta and Thomson were also closed and phone messages were not returned.

Mrs. Parsons died Thursday afternoon, and Ms. Sears was shot about six hours later.

Ms. Sears told investigators she was walking to her vehicle when a man she did not know appeared from the rear of the building and brandished a pistol.

She said she turned to go back inside when a gunshot grazed both legs.

Ms. Sears told police the man said if she "didn't have his money it would be her face."

He then ran toward a wooded area. Police found a .22-caliber shell casing at the scene, according to the sheriff's office report.

Mrs. Parsons is believed to have been attacked at her home in Columbia County about 9 a.m. Wednesday after return- ing home from dropping her son off at school.

The homes of both women on Hot Springs Drive appeared to have been broken into, and police said Thursday they believe Mrs. Parsons had interrupted a burglary.

An autopsy conducted at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta confirmed Friday that Mrs. Parsons died of blunt force head trauma, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said.

Both Columbia and Richmond county sheriff's offices are working together on her homicide, Capt. Morris said.

Reach Donnie Fetter and Adam Folk at (706) 724-0851.

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toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:31 am
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I don't care either whether

I don't care either whether the person who committed this evil crime/crimes is black or white= their garbage

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:32 am
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that posted twice? hate this

that posted twice? hate this laptop

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 08:32 am
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BamaMan is correct they

BamaMan is correct they definitely know more than is being said. And YES I am too waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 08:34 am
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lylagirl, what do you mean

lylagirl, what do you mean they don't want people to know foul play is at hand. Obviously foul play is at hand. A woman is dead and another shot. Why take a shot at law enforcement. Still mad about that DUI or whatever????

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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 08:36 am
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The lady that got shot says

The lady that got shot says that he was that age. If they didn't live right next door to each other, both get burglarized the same day, both work in the same place, I wouldn't think they were related, but please.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:36 am
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I think its an excellent time

I think its an excellent time to bring up the right to bear arms. every husband should show their wife how to use a weapon to protect themselves in their homes.

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tyjam 03/28/09 - 08:36 am
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They just gave us two good

They just gave us two good links. No other houses broke into and just so happen they were both attacked.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 08:36 am
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Boy, you can sure see the

Boy, you can sure see the intelligence level of the CSRA on this forum. I wonder what the percentage of I.Q.'s below 50 is?

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:38 am
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funny swampghost.

funny swampghost.

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 08:39 am
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I was told that Ms. Parsons

I was told that Ms. Parsons quit her job to become a stay at home mom and that Wednesday was her first day home. Her husband was also out of town. That's the day she was beaten. I believe both ladies or families are targets and are in danger. This is not a random act. This is somewhat of an assassination by party or parties who are brutal. I also believe that there is more than one party to this crime. There are probably going to be some deep dark secrets coming out of this incident.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:40 am
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I don't think a "kid" could

I don't think a "kid" could overpower a woman, especially if she knew her life was on the line. instinct to survive is the strongest instinct we have as humans

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:42 am
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so whoever did this must have

so whoever did this must have known that-and the neighbor? she would have known that, but what's with the "his money" quote?

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:43 am
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wonder if they guy was a one

wonder if they guy was a one time patient?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:52 am
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swamp: the husband was out of

swamp: the husband was out of town? Hmmmm

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 08:54 am
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This "his money" sounds like

This "his money" sounds like he was owed something, but it's hard to determine exactly what someone meant by the comment. We can only speculate. I wouldn't expect the victim to tell police something like that if she was involved in something, but you might saying anything after a bullet flies at you.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 08:58 am
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It was only her and the

It was only her and the guy-if it were an honest quote from him-then it would leave one to speculate it was either a case of mistaken identity-all us white folk look alike or she didn't hear him correctly?

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heart_less 03/28/09 - 08:59 am
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Something in the milk is not

Something in the milk is not clean. This is very strange.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 09:00 am
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Maybe Ms. parson didn't walk

Maybe Ms. parson didn't walk in on a burglary- maybe they were waiting for her-on purpose.

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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 09:07 am
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I want these people caught

I want these people caught just like the rest of you, and soon. Let Columbia County do their job - they'll get 'em. Just TOO coincidental in the timing, especially.

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Augusta 03/28/09 - 09:08 am
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toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 09:13 am
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bamaman: you don't think they

bamaman: you don't think they could have been waiting for her? The report yesterday said they found her in the garage- but there was blood in the house as well. She could have walked in, seen what was happenign turned to run back to the car to try and get away....

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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 09:15 am
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I just felt something fishey

I just felt something fishey about Ms. Sears' story!

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thrashersfan1984 03/28/09 - 09:15 am
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so what the kid shot his own

so what the kid shot his own mother to create a diversion? and the mother agreed to let him?

Augusta
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Augusta 03/28/09 - 09:17 am
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The kid could have shot his

The kid could have shot his mother or she could have shot herself...Word is that the lady that died was having an affair with the neighbors husband...

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thrashersfan1984 03/28/09 - 09:22 am
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oh wow. that is very extreme

oh wow. that is very extreme though. not many people are willing to shoot themselves or let someone just to throw the cops off. but this is still sad. ms. parsons didnt deserve to die like that.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 09:23 am
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what the he77 did I miss? the

what the he77 did I miss? the "kid" shot his mother- wasn't he at school? he is 12-13?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 09:25 am
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ok- so the theory is= the

ok- so the theory is= the woman who died was having an affair with the woman who was shot's huband? Murder for hire?

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Augusta 03/28/09 - 09:26 am
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No, the neighbors child was

No, the neighbors child was the one that was charged with murder...

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 09:27 am
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augusta: what? are we talking

augusta: what? are we talking about the same thing?

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thrashersfan1984 03/28/09 - 09:28 am
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halfpint read the link to

halfpint read the link to wrdw he gave. its all there. other than the affair part.

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