Coroner has beating death details

Friday, March 27, 2009 11:16 AM
Last updated 10:06 PM
  • Follow Latest News

A Columbia County woman injured in a Wednesday attack at her home died from head injuries, the state crime lab determined today.

Investigators confirmed that Laverne Parsons, 41, died of blunt force head trauma, Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison said.

Police say it appears Mrs. Parsons interrupted a burglary at her home after returning from taking her son to Evans Middle School.

A hammer and baseball bat were found at the scene and Ms. Garrison said both objects were probably used in the attack.

In another development today, police said they have not found a link between the Wednesday morning attack on Mrs. Parsons and the Thursday night shooting of her next-door neighbor and co-worker Rebecca Sears, also 41, as she was leaving the company for which both women worked.

“We have been in contact with Richmond County authorities concerning that matter, but there’s no evidence to suggest a link,” said Columbia County Sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Ms. Sears, was shot in the leg late Thursday outside the Healing Hands Physical Therapy Center on Highland Avenue.

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 until it was taken down late this afternoon.

Both locations of Healing Hands in Augusta and Thomson were also closed this afternoon and phone messages seeking information about the two co-workers were not returned.

Capt. Morris would not say the crimes were somehow connected.

“We don’t concern ourselves with speculation or conjecture; it’s evidence, and there’s no evidence to suggest a connection,” he said.

Mrs. Parsons died Thursday afternoon from her injuries, Ms. Sears was shot about six hours later.

According to a Sheriff's Office incident report, Ms. Sears told investigaors 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 report.

Comments (159) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
SCGAL53
0
Points
SCGAL53 03/27/09 - 10:20 am
0
0
This can't be coincidental!

This can't be coincidental!

Brad Owens
5068
Points
Brad Owens 03/27/09 - 10:23 am
0
0
I wonder if she is a witness

I wonder if she is a witness to the perps?

Does_it_really_matter
1
Points
Does_it_really_matter 03/27/09 - 10:23 am
0
0
geez.....it just gets worse

geez.....it just gets worse and worse. Sounds like a one person crime spree/wannabe serial killer. I cannot fathom that this is coincidental in anyway.

GnipGnop1
2
Points
GnipGnop1 03/27/09 - 10:23 am
0
0
No I have to agree. I don't

No I have to agree. I don't believe this could be coincidental!!

KSL
150805
Points
KSL 03/27/09 - 10:33 am
0
0
Someone either who was quite

Someone either who was quite knowledgeable about the neighborhood or got that way right quickly.

TakeAstand
13
Points
TakeAstand 03/27/09 - 10:44 am
0
0
Yeah doubt it was

Yeah doubt it was coincidence. The second victim is extremely lucky then to have only been shot on the leg, I hope she has a speedy recovery. I hope they find this or these [filtered word]'s fast. Someone knows something, come on people give them up!!!!!!!!!! They should be strung up in the middle of town and everyone able to stone them!!!! Makes me sick, no one deserves what Mrs. Parsons and her family is going through, no matter what they may or may not have done to [filtered word] this [filtered word] off!!!!

SargentMidTown
8
Points
SargentMidTown 03/27/09 - 10:47 am
0
0
Surely the Helping Hands

Surely the Helping Hands Physical Therapy Center on Highland Avenue has video surveillance outside? Surveillance is low cost and should be in most places.

toppergem
125
Points
toppergem 03/27/09 - 10:55 am
0
0
This can't be coincidental!

This can't be coincidental! I agree with you. I bet this is a domestic dispute. I think the husband did all of this. Either he was going with both women and hebpeat the wife and the girlfriend was going to spill her guts and he shot her. Or the women were lovers and the husband found out, both the wife and shot the wife's girlfriend. Sounds like the makings of a made for TV movie...what do yall think Augusta?

triscuit
3301
Points
triscuit 03/27/09 - 10:57 am
0
0
Oh my heavens...please remove

Oh my heavens...please remove toppergem's comment.

1trugent
0
Points
1trugent 03/27/09 - 10:58 am
0
0
Something else is going on

Something else is going on here beside a random burglary. When the truth finally comes out, I believe a lot of people will be shocked. Of course, I hope my suspicions are proved wrong.

Craig Spinks
818
Points
Craig Spinks 03/27/09 - 11:00 am
0
0
Ronnie and Clay set the

Ronnie and Clay set the standard for county-level law enforcement in GA. We should consider ourselves fortunate that, and safer because, they do.

triscuit
3301
Points
triscuit 03/27/09 - 11:09 am
0
0
1trugent, I agree this can't

1trugent, I agree this can't be random. If you have suspicions, please tell a person investigating this. And thanks for removing that comment.

get_real
0
Points
get_real 03/27/09 - 11:09 am
0
0
I am going to have to agree

I am going to have to agree with 1trugent. This is really starting to sound fishy.

letsee
0
Points
letsee 03/27/09 - 11:13 am
0
0
the writing above states that

the writing above states that the man told her "that if she didn't have his money it would be her face". Maybe someone paid this guy to kill Ms. Parson's and the neighbor was in on it. I also hope they catch whoever did this, this was brutal.

get_real
0
Points
get_real 03/27/09 - 11:16 am
0
0
That is the strange part!

That is the strange part! Makes you wonder what was really going on.

toppergem
125
Points
toppergem 03/27/09 - 11:26 am
0
0
Triscuit, My opinions and

Triscuit, My opinions and suspicions about this incident have not changed because the my original post was removed. Many may have felt my comments were inappropriate, but we will see, what we will see. What can't be removed is the fact that something is just not right with this situation...there is something very strange going on here...next door neighbors, one beaten and the other shot in a matter of 24 hours!

Signal Always
3
Points
Signal Always 03/27/09 - 11:27 am
0
0
Kinda hints at a staged hit

Kinda hints at a staged hit gone awry.

Signal Always
3
Points
Signal Always 03/27/09 - 11:28 am
0
0
...but I'll hold my judgment

...but I'll hold my judgment for later. There is no way these events can be coincidental.

SusieQ
1
Points
SusieQ 03/27/09 - 11:30 am
0
0
This is very strange that

This is very strange that these two were neighbors. It has to have some kind of connection. but what?? I hope they find this person very soon.I pray for both families. SusieQ

andywarhol
0
Points
andywarhol 03/27/09 - 11:32 am
0
0
Maybe there's a hit out on

Maybe there's a hit out on this woman, and they beat the wrong woman to death?

andywarhol
0
Points
andywarhol 03/27/09 - 11:35 am
0
0
Actually, I agree with

Actually, I agree with letsee.

paperwren
24
Points
paperwren 03/27/09 - 11:46 am
0
0
Isn't it called Healing

Isn't it called Healing Hands? Also, are they open until 10 pm? I think it's odd that she was there that late alone and isn't an owner.

prayingforthisworld
0
Points
prayingforthisworld 03/27/09 - 11:50 am
0
0
Surely this woman wasn't

Surely this woman wasn't leaving at that time of night by herself either?? If they don't have camera's then they should have security. This is all too strange! SOMEONE knows something!

drumbeater1
1
Points
drumbeater1 03/27/09 - 11:51 am
0
0
what's up with this please

what's up with this please remove comments crap??
you speak your peace, if you don't like someone's opinion -so what?
go read the sports section.

proudfather
0
Points
proudfather 03/27/09 - 11:54 am
0
0
Ok folks, we all agree that

Ok folks, we all agree that this is not a coincidence. If you have valuable info to share, please contact the sheriff's office. Otherwise, let's keep the speculations to a minimum. Pray for all involved and remember a 12 year old has lost his mom and a husband has lost his wife in a brutal way.

toppergem
125
Points
toppergem 03/27/09 - 11:58 am
0
0
Drumbeat1 I agree! I don't

Drumbeat1 I agree! I don't happen to like everything people say on these Boards but so what...everyone is entitiled to speak their mind, draw their own conclusions or make whatever speculations they like. It is America!

toppergem
125
Points
toppergem 03/27/09 - 12:00 pm
0
0
Drumbeater1...I typed your

Drumbeater1...I typed your username incorrectly...so very sorry.

jedex6
18
Points
jedex6 03/27/09 - 12:01 pm
0
0
There is obviously a lot more

There is obviously a lot more behind this story that we don't know about.

andywarhol
0
Points
andywarhol 03/27/09 - 12:04 pm
0
0
Speculations are what keeps

Speculations are what keeps this conversation interesting. Why don't we just block all comments also? What a jerky.

Jillian
2
Points
Jillian 03/27/09 - 12:08 pm
0
0
It does make you

It does make you wonder...maybe drug money is involved? I hope we get the real story..and send my prayers to the family of the victim who died.

Is it true a middle grade student at Evans is a suspect?

Back to Top
loading...
Top headlines

Missing couple's car found

ATLANTA - The car belonging to a Georgia couple who disappeared after traveling to meet a man claiming to sell a classic car has been found in a lake with two bodies nearby, the Telfair County ...
Search Augusta jobs