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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KSL 03/28/09 - 11:28 pm
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I make a lot of errors myself

I make a lot of errors myself typing fast. It is nice to try to go back and correct them.

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KSL 03/28/09 - 11:29 pm
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Prove that he hates you

Prove that he hates you because he pointed out an error.

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christie 03/28/09 - 11:42 pm
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ksl and signal always, why

ksl and signal always, why are you two stuck on a mispelled word, you boys are the bullies i beat up in school so it is easy to send hate words behind a computer screen so i will not reply to your childish comments anymore for you are only looking for trouble and and i will let other readers handle you, something your parents should have done or maybe you need to go see a psychologist to see where that hate is really coming from. Again, this is about the sad death of a beautiful young women and not about spell check so please don't lose track why these comments are here. Offer your prayers to the loved ones please. I will pray for you both. Bless you both.

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Signal Always 03/29/09 - 12:01 am
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Christie, I'm not a bully and

Christie, I'm not a bully and I can assure you, I didn't get beat up in high school (I was 5'11" in the 8th grade). I did, however, beat up a few bullies who were bullying other people who were friends. I don't like bullies. There were many friends of mine who some called "nerds" that appreciated it. As for your other point....about me being a lonely man, how do you know I'm a man? Hell, for that matter, how do you know I'm lonely? I'm a married man. ...and no, I'm not lonely in the least. I live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in Evans and have a wife, dogs, and several friends around the neighborhood. I just don't like seeing someone killed in this fashion. Again, I don't like bullies and I DAMN sure don't like punka** kids like Sears' kid. I know the type.

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christie 03/29/09 - 12:15 am
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I'm sorry, when you stated to

I'm sorry, when you stated to me that spell checked worked, i took that as you being an idiot and a bully cause it had nothing to do with the story here and was wondering why you even brought that up? Living in evans doesn't make you smart and being tall doen't make you strong so i hope you raise your kids good and proper and not to be has punka** judgemental as yourself. All of this cause i misspelled a word. GROW UP and i will continue to pray for you and your family.

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