Shooting staged as cover, police say

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The wounding of a Columbia County woman charged in the beating death of a neighbor was staged to distract law enforcement, Richmond County investigators said Monday.

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Magistrate Dale Jenereaux looks over the arrest warrant for Rebecca Sears.  Valerie Rowell/Staff
Valerie Rowell/Staff
Magistrate Dale Jenereaux looks over the arrest warrant for Rebecca Sears.

Sheriff's Lt. Scott Peebles also said his department plans to submit its evidence to the district attorney for possible indictment.

Authorities said Rebecca Sears, 41, of Grovetown, planned to have her son, Christopher Sean Bowers, 19, of Martinez, threaten her with a gun Thursday night as she left her job at Healing Hands Physical Therapy on Augusta's Highland Avenue.

Ms. Sears was supposed to be on the phone with a co-worker at the time, according to sheriff's Sgt. Blaise Dresser. Instead, the son fired the gun, wounding his mother in the leg, Sgt. Dresser said.

Ms. Sears told police a strange man appeared from the bushes as she left work, shot her in the leg, then said if she "didn't have his money it would be her face," according to a Richmond County sheriff's report.

"She wasn't real happy about getting shot," Sgt. Dresser said Monday.

She was treated but not hospitalized for her wound.

Ms. Sears and Mr. Bowers are now both charged with murder in the brutal beating of Katherine "Kay" Parsons, 41, who was Ms. Sears' neighbor on Hot Springs Drive, as well as a co-worker.

Last week, authorities said Mrs. Parsons appeared to have interrupted a burglary at her home, but sources familiar with the investigation said they now believe burglary was not a motive in her death.

So far police have refused to discuss what prompted the fatal beating.

On Monday, both Ms. Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, and Mr. Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, faced Magistrate Judge Dale Jenereaux via videoconference to hear the charges against them.

Although both are also charged with murder, conspiracy allegations might be withdrawn, the magistrate said.

According to arrest warrants filed with the court, authorities allege that Ms. Sears and Mr. Bowers killed Mrs. Parsons between 6:50 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday after she returned home from taking her son to school.

A deputy was called to her home when a contractor discovered a smashed-in door, and found Mrs. Parsons lying in the garage near a baseball bat and claw hammer believed to have been used in the attack.

She died the next day from head injuries.

The case has generated some national interest. A producer with the NBC news magazine Dateline called The Chronicle on Monday to ask about the slaying and said she is considering a segment on case for a future episode.

Staff Writers Sandy Hodson and Adam Folk contributed to this report.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115, or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

ONLINE EXTRA

Click here to read the arrest warrant issued for Christopher Sean Bowers and Rebecca Sears.

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APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/31/09 - 02:23 am
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"She wasn't real happy about

"She wasn't real happy about getting shot" Ha, now there is a good one for you. Why would the conspiracy allegations be withdrawn? Perhaps to add premeditated murder?

For just cause
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For just cause 03/31/09 - 04:03 am
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Ms.Sears wasn't happy about

Ms.Sears wasn't happy about being shot. Awwww, poor thing.

pantherluvcik
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pantherluvcik 03/31/09 - 06:25 am
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I'm sure Mrs. Parsons family

I'm sure Mrs. Parsons family isn't happy about their situation either, what idiots. They probably killed this poor woman for something stupid, I hope they rot.

Opinionated one1
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Opinionated one1 03/31/09 - 06:58 am
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She needs to be re shot.

She needs to be re shot. Fatally.

lady30906
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lady30906 03/31/09 - 07:29 am
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white trash, white trash,

white trash, white trash, white trash!

asustudent75
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asustudent75 03/31/09 - 07:37 am
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What a moron. Did she really

What a moron. Did she really think that she was not going to get caught? These are professional investigators, they know when a story is not true....idiot! Very sick people in this world, cant trust anyone!

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stillamazed 03/31/09 - 07:40 am
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Poor thing........are we

Poor thing........are we supposed to feel sorry for her? The whole thing is unbelievable, and I just wonder what prompted this whole thing?

karmakills123
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karmakills123 03/31/09 - 07:42 am
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white trash, white trash,

white trash, white trash, white trash!
Posted by lady30906 on Tue Mar 31, 2009....pot calling kettle black..........................................

CKB
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CKB 03/31/09 - 08:00 am
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If the comment that "she

If the comment that "she wasn't too happy about getting shot" wasn't so sad (due to someone else had lost her life) it would have been comical. Mrs. Sears felt nothing compared to what Mrs. Parson's felt that day. I am so proud of the CCSD and RCSD for their quick professional police work, in solving this case. Now I wonder if we will be able to say the same about the judicial system. Hope the slap on the hand (or lack thereof) that people seem to get with certain judges will not apply here. So very sad that people do not seem to value human life anymore. Just a matter of seconds and people are gone.......

justus4
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justus4 03/31/09 - 08:02 am
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Ha! Ha! "Ms Sears told police
Unpublished

Ha! Ha! "Ms Sears told police a strange man appeared..." Ha! A "strange" man? What?! What frame of reference did she use to determine that observation? Did he wear a dark coat and walked on his toes? Boy, the drugs must be gettin a bit strong.

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letsee 03/31/09 - 08:11 am
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I heard that she sat in the

I heard that she sat in the waiting room at the hospital waiting to see how Ms. Parson's was and probably consoling the family. Boy that takes a lot of nerve. Of course that takes a lot of nerve to follow through with what was planned. I heard on the news last night that her and her son pleaded the 5th. Hopefully the truth will all come out.

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beenhereawhile 03/31/09 - 08:20 am
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letsee, she was probably

letsee, she was probably waiting to see if Kay Parsons would awaken possibly allowing for positive ID. There are many details that will surface in due time.

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disssman 03/31/09 - 08:59 am
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What the poor things need is

What the poor things need is some high priced lawyers to explain that they did it because they were both traumitized as children. But rest assured we will give them the best legal assistance taxpayer money can buy, to try and find a loop hole for their release.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 03/31/09 - 09:08 am
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the rumor is that Mrs. Sears

the rumor is that Mrs. Sears may have been involved with Mrs. Parson's husband. Will be interesting to see if this ends up being true.

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aninsider 03/31/09 - 09:16 am
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CorporalGripweed, I think you

CorporalGripweed, I think you are hitting closer to home than most. There is a lot more to this story than what has come out so far. That has been obvious from the beginning. This is going to be quite a drama before it is all over. It is so very sad that Mrs. Parsons had to lose her life over it, regardless of the circumstances.

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toldya 03/31/09 - 09:24 am
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The kid should've aimed about

The kid should've aimed about 3 feet higher. She wasn't happy about being shot- I wonder if she would have been happier being the victim who was beaten to death. I am totally sure that if given the opportunity, any one of us would be glad to give her a taste of her own medicine.

toldya
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toldya 03/31/09 - 09:25 am
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i wonder where this kid's

i wonder where this kid's biological father is.

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Hot - Hat 03/31/09 - 09:28 am
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I second that

I second that lady30906...........Columbia County white trash!!!

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JANDEN 03/31/09 - 09:29 am
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aninsider you are sooo right!

aninsider you are sooo right! Austin Rhoads spoke about it on his show yesterday. He explained alot. Very Enteresting!!!
Very Sad......

toldya
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toldya 03/31/09 - 09:34 am
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Its not a county, state or

Its not a county, state or area thing people! These people could have lived in any neighborhood. Would you guys please get off the steroetype crap.

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S 03/31/09 - 09:54 am
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So true this was a crime of

So true this was a crime of passion and has nothing to do with where they lived. Ms. Sears wanted Ms. Parson's life in more ways than one. I wonder who else is involved since the hearing was closed not to jeopardize the case? I think everyone will be shocked when the truth comes out.

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random701 03/31/09 - 09:57 am
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Yes, it was discussed on

Yes, it was discussed on Austin Rhodes yesterday that there was a possible affair between Mr. Parsons and Ms. Sears and that the Parsons were thinking of moving away because of it. If this is true, shame on her husband for involving her. I feel so bad for Ms. Parson's son.

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toldya 03/31/09 - 10:01 am
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It eerily reminds me of the

It eerily reminds me of the Fatal Attraction movie-where the "mistress" for the weekend thought the relationship more than a fling and the husband (cheater) thought it just a fling. The jilted lover went after the wife and tried to kill her. What did Parson think she would get away with? Ironic she was employed by "Healing Hands".

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Niko Mahs 03/31/09 - 10:28 am
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After viewing a photo of Ms.

After viewing a photo of Ms. Sears, and beginning to acknowledge that this affair business has some merit, one can only conclude that Mr. Parsons may not be very astute.

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toldya 03/31/09 - 10:38 am
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My gut tells me that it was a

My gut tells me that it was a fling and he wanted out of it.

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themaninthemirror 03/31/09 - 10:40 am
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I wonder how Mr. Parsons is

I wonder how Mr. Parsons is holding up, having to face the family of his wife with the allegations of an affair, that I am sure they are now aware of? -----"but sources familiar with the investigation said they now believe burglary was not a motive in her death." Once the details of the case came out over the weekend the burglary motive was immediately dismissed in everyone's mind. In my opinion. this thing was premeditated from the start. The only real victim in this case is Mrs. Parsons.

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joeuser 03/31/09 - 10:58 am
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halfpint said

halfpint said earlier....."...Its not a county, state or area thing people! These people could have lived in any neighborhood. Would you guys please get off the stereotype crap".....EXCUSE me, halfpint; being "white trash" is not a function of the neighborhood you live in...I know many people in fine homes who (because of their actions and behavior) are great candidates for "white trash." You are trash because of what you DO - not because of where you live...and if the stereotype fits, then oh well...

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 03/31/09 - 11:04 am
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No matter where these two

No matter where these two criminals have or now live, they need to be punished to the full extent of the law.

toldya
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toldya 03/31/09 - 11:56 am
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Joe:Can't they just be

Joe:Can't they just be "Trash"? Do you REALLY think it has to do with the color of their skin? personally- i don't. I have no arguement with you re: these 2 being trash- really stating the obvious. But to go farther and call them "White/Black" trash is ignorant in MHO. Coverted Southerner:hopefully they will live in the prison system, where all trash is kept.

toldya
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toldya 03/31/09 - 11:59 am
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maninmirror:The only real

maninmirror:The only real victim in this case is Mrs. Parsons. FAR FROM IT- what about the children? what about Mr. sears?

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