Beating victim dies; police now pursuing case as a homicide

Thursday, March 26, 2009 3:32 PM
Last updated 3:51 PM
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A Columbia County woman severely beaten during a Wednesday burglary died this afternoon.

Police confirmed the death of Laverne Katherine Parsons, 41, and said they will now pursue her death as a homicide.

Mrs. Parsons was probably attacked with a baseball bat or claw hammer in her home Wednesday morning after returning home from taking her son to school.

In a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report released this morning, deputies said they found her lying on the garage floor of her Orchard Hill subdivision home off Columbia Road.

Deputies noted that a bat and claw hammer were on the floor near Mrs. Parsons.

Deputies who first arrived at the house at 229 Hot Springs Drive, thought it to be the scene of a break-in with no one home.

Then they found a trail of blood that led to the garage and Mrs. Parsons, said sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

Deputies were called to the scene Wedneday by a workman who was supposed to do some repairs at the house. He told police he found the glass of the home’s French doors shattered and authorities were notified.

When a deputy first entered the home, he found what appeared to be blood on the sofa and living room rug, according to the police report. Deputies also found blood on the walls and doors of the two-story brick home.

Authorities believe Mrs. Parsons interrupted a burglary in progress when she returned home about 9 a.m. after taking her children to school.

“She was confronted by the suspect and was attacked and was seriously injured,” Capt. Morris said Wednesday.

The home next door, at 227 Hot Springs Drive, also was burglarized, Capt. Morris said.

Area residents have been warned, he said, and are being asked to notify police if they saw anything suspicious this morning, Capt. Morris said.

Anyone with information concerning the attack or burglaries should call the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at (706) 541-2800.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115,

or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.com.

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Riverman1 03/26/09 - 03:38 pm
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Residents, police and

Residents, police and everyone work together to solve this bad thing. When I lived in Cambridge, the house next door was robbed. It is a frightening occurrence.

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undetected 03/26/09 - 03:42 pm
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Lord have mercy . I know

Lord have mercy . I know crimes happen but I believe people are most heinous when they enter the home you live in while minding your business and they do something like that.

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openeyes73 03/26/09 - 03:48 pm
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I hope that the justice

I hope that the justice system doesn't fail this woman or her family once this SOB is caught (AND MAKE NO MISTAKE THEY WILL BE CAUGHT)!!! But knowing the defense lawyers they will try to say this idiot was insane at the time. Give me a break not insane just a lazy worthless piece of trash that doesn't even deserve to take another breath.

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independent mind 03/26/09 - 04:22 pm
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Sincere prayers go out to

Sincere prayers go out to this family! Such a tragedy to be unable to feel safe in your own home. God speed to the investigators now in charge of finding a murderer.

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