Mother, son denied bond in slaying

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A prosecutor said Thursday that Rebecca Sears was the "mastermind" behind the fatal beating last month of her next-door neighbor.

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Police arrested Christopher Bowers and his mother on March 28.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Police arrested Christopher Bowers and his mother on March 28.

Mrs. Sears, 41, and her son, 19-year-old Christopher Bowers, were denied bond Thursday by Superior Court Chief Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet. They are charged with the March 25 murder of Laverne "Kay" Parsons.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano, who asked Judge Overstreet to deny bond, referred to Mrs. Sears as the "mastermind" in Mrs. Parsons' homicide. As Mrs. Parsons' neighbor, Mr. Catalano said, Mrs. Sears knew the victim's schedule and that her husband, David Parsons, was out of town.

Mr. Catalano said Mrs. Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, Grovetown, told her son when to strike and that it was Mr. Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, who beat Mrs. Parsons, 41, to death with a claw hammer.

A blood trail that started in the living room of Mrs. Parsons' home and ended in the garage, where Columbia County sheriff's deputies found her next to the murder weapon, suggested that she was trying to run from Mr. Bowers, said Mr. Catalano.

Calling Mrs. Sears and Mr. Bowers flight risks and dangers to the community, Mr. Catalano said the mother and son twice tried to fool police.

"They've showed they would do anything to avoid punishment," said Mr. Catalano, referring to a March 26 incident in which police think Mr. Bowers shot his mother in the leg outside her Augusta workplace in an effort to deceive authorities.

Initially, Mrs. Sears, a mother of five, and Mr. Bowers attempted to convince authorities that the murder was the by-product of a burglary, said Mr. Catalano. He said they even ransacked Mrs. Sears' home and claimed that it too had been burglarized.

The prosecutor also told the judge that the mother and son have criminal records -- Mrs. Sears was arrested in 1990 for shoplifting and Mr. Bowers was arrested last year for marijuana possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

Police arrested Mr. Bowers and Mrs. Sears on March 28.

Victor Hawk and Jacque Hawk, attorneys for Mrs. Sears and Mr. Bowers, respectively, argued at the bond hearing that the evidence against their clients is circumstantial.

The Hawks said that they are continuing to investigate Mrs. Parsons' death and had asked the judge to delay ruling on the bond until after an April 29 preliminary hearing, where they said they intend to show that their clients didn't kill Mrs. Parsons.

Though Judge Overstreet denied bond anyway, he told the lawyers that they may request a second bond hearing after the preliminary hearing.

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

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/17/09 - 12:46 am
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What, no comments here? Were

What, no comments here? Were there some and they got deleted?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 04/17/09 - 04:58 am
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This is a bizarre case. No

This is a bizarre case. No bond is best.

shamrock
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shamrock 04/17/09 - 05:39 am
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baroness, only a few people

baroness, only a few people like you would be up at 1:46 in the morning and then be surprised the rest of us don't share your zeal for comments on the AC On-Line.

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 04/17/09 - 05:45 am
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She has four other children?

She has four other children? Geez, I hope they weren't in her custody at the time and I hope they aren't thugs like their sibling!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/17/09 - 07:06 am
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What are you trying to say?

What are you trying to say? Are you insinuating that the Hawk brothers are incompetent?

TWright987
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TWright987 04/17/09 - 07:15 am
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So sad. The news still

So sad. The news still hasn't said what the motive was in the case.

augusta49
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augusta49 04/17/09 - 07:23 am
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Hypocrites 08....obviously

Hypocrites 08....obviously you need to read what pirates wrote before you talk.

tdp
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tdp 04/17/09 - 07:39 am
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I think that not giving these

I think that not giving these two bond is definitely the right decision due to how brutal this attack was. Does anyone know WHY they did this or is that still being kept from the public?

Junket831
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Junket831 04/17/09 - 08:21 am
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PT is right this is a bizarre

PT is right this is a bizarre case that still needs a full revelation of the facts.

easy breezy
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easy breezy 04/17/09 - 08:47 am
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These attorneys are going to

These attorneys are going to show that these two murderers didn't kill Mrs. Parsons. Well just who the hell did? Come on now they are just attorneys they aren't miracle workers!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 04/17/09 - 10:16 am
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I read that same comment the

I read that same comment the way you did Hypo!!!! The hawk brothers are known for getting [filtered word]'s off, so the comment made no sense IMO lol Maybe it was mean to be sarcastic, that would make sense, but its not as obviious as 49 implies, lol

justus4
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justus4 04/17/09 - 10:58 am
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Several mistakes has happened
Unpublished

Several mistakes has happened for the prosecution. This case is being mishandled and will become a big problem for the city. Get ready for some serious loopholes and legal errors.

SUNSHINEGIRL
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SUNSHINEGIRL 04/17/09 - 10:59 am
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justus4 Please share what you

justus4 Please share what you know....

easy breezy
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easy breezy 04/17/09 - 12:16 pm
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The City? Do you mean the

The City? Do you mean the County justus?

swopslash
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swopslash 04/17/09 - 01:19 pm
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Hopefully this won't end up

Hopefully this won't end up being a "fatal attraction" type of scenario---but i bet it is.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 04/17/09 - 02:32 pm
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Augusta49, maybe you need to

Augusta49, maybe you need to LEARN how to read. I know I am not the only one that interpreted his comment that way?

Son of God
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Son of God 04/17/09 - 08:46 pm
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May God bless the woman's

May God bless the woman's family who went to be with the Lord, the family that is accused of murder, and everyone else who commented about this. god is soverign. Our righteousness is as filthy rags in the eyes of God. If one of you is without sin, then continue to cast your stones. I promise you one day they will return unto you.I pray in Jesus name that the children and family of the deceased woman find Peace, Love, Hope, and Forgiveness in their hearts while they let the JOY OF THE LORD be their STRENGTH.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 04/18/09 - 09:45 pm
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Just for the record Shamrock,

Just for the record Shamrock, I'm not usually up at 2 in the morning, I had an emergency babysitting job that kept me out late. Since that is the case and you also don't know me how can you say "only a few people like you..." I don't belong to any clique on here. Sorry, I don't have a zeal for online comments at that time of morning, either, as you seem to think. I was being sarcastic, but something DID get deleted, apparently by the poster.

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