Neighbor arrested in Grovetown woman's murder

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The neighbor and neighbor’s son of a Grovetown murder victim were arrested Friday evening.

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Rebecca Bowers Sears, 41, and her son, Christopher Sean Bowers, 19, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder in the death of a 41-year-old Laverne Katherine Parsons.

Mrs. Parsons, of 229 Hot Springs Drive, was found beaten in her home Wednesday morning.

Ms. Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, and Mr. Bowers, of 4086 Briarwood Drive, Martinez, were arrested Friday just before midnight, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

“The past 72 hours have been busy, yet very productive,” he said Saturday morning.

Authorities believed Mrs. Parsons was attacked at her home in Orchard Hill subdivision at about 9 a.m. Wednesday after she returned home from dropping off her son at school.

Capt. Morris said search warrants were executed at the residences of Ms. Sears, Mrs. Parsons and Mr. Bowers. Ms. Sears’ Infiniti also was seized by police, he said.

Police also obtained a search warrant for Healing Hands Physical Therapy Center on Highland Avenue, where Ms. Sears works. Ms. Parsons had worked in the Thomson location of the therapy center, according to the company’s Web site, which was taken down Friday.

Ms. Sears was shot in the leg Thursday night outside her workplace, according to Richmond County police.

Police initially thought Mrs. Parsons walked in on a burglary at her home. Deputies found her lying on a garage floor next to a baseball bat and claw hammer, the weapons used to attack her, said Columbia County Deputy Coroner Harriett Garrison.

A Friday autopsy revealed that Mrs. Parsons died of blunt force trauma to the head, Mrs. Garrison said.

A contractor who arrived to work at the home Wednesday called police to report glass from a French door at the rear of the home had been shattered.

When deputies arrived at Mrs. Parsons’ home Wednesday, Ms. Sears and her sons also were present, according to a police report. However, the report did not specify the names of the sons.

Ms. Sears initially followed a deputy as he first entered her home, but was escorted back out when the deputy saw blood on a couch and living room rug, according to the report. The deputy also said he found blood on the walls and floor.

On the same day as the break-in at Mrs. Parsons’ home, Ms. Sears reported that her home was burglarized. She told police that she left her house at 6:50 a.m. to take her children to school, according to an incident report. At about 8:35 a.m., Ms. Sears said she returned home after her son, Michael Bowers, called her because the front door was open.

When police arrived to the scene, they noted in a report that the house had been ransacked, but found no signs of forced entry. Police did not provide a list of missing items.

Capt. Morris said Saturday that he could not further discuss details of the case, including a possible motive for the homicide.

“It’s not prudent for us to discuss details surrounding these developments,” he said. “You will learn exactly what happened and why at the appropriate time. Today is not the appropriate time.”

Capt. Morris said he doesn’t expect any more arrests to be made.

“Having said that, this is an ongoing investigation, and we never say never,” he said.

Ms. Sears and Mr. Bowers are being held at the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

Reach Jenna Martin at 868-1222, ext. 109, or jenna.martin@augustachronicle.com

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Augusta
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Augusta 03/28/09 - 11:53 am
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This story could have been

This story could have been written from all the comments on the one from earlier...LOL...Way to be on top of things Chronicle...

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 03/28/09 - 11:55 am
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Someone on the earlier blog

Someone on the earlier blog says they heard it was because of an affair and you all run with it? What a bunch of lemmings.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 03/28/09 - 12:04 pm
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Well, well, well. They say a

Well, well, well. They say a large percentage of burglaries are from someone who either been in your residence or friends with someone who has been in your residence.

My_2nd
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My_2nd 03/28/09 - 12:05 pm
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it was because of an affair.

it was because of an affair.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:06 pm
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My2nd: IF that is true-Mr.

My2nd: IF that is true-Mr. parson & his son are the true victims.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:08 pm
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What about Mr. Sears in

What about Mr. Sears in Afghanistan?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 12:10 pm
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My 2nd sure seems to be sure.

My 2nd sure seems to be sure.

alleycat
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alleycat 03/28/09 - 12:11 pm
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As i said before it sounded

As i said before it sounded strange that some one would kill one person and only graze the other . Seen to many movies where people do that to try and cover their own guilt.

cparker
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cparker 03/28/09 - 12:14 pm
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Immorality has no race,

Immorality has no race, gender, or address!!

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 03/28/09 - 12:15 pm
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Good work CC. Glad the

Good work CC. Glad the arrests came swiftly.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:26 pm
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SO FREAKING SAD. The whole

SO FREAKING SAD. The whole story,even the speculations are heart breaking

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/28/09 - 12:31 pm
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Who was having and affair

Who was having and affair with whom?
What a tragic real life soap opera!

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:36 pm
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Ms. Parson (beaten to

Ms. Parson (beaten to death)was SUPPOSEDLY having an affair with Mrs. Sears husband who left for Afghanistan the day before the murder. Mr. Parson was out of town on business on the day of the murder.

message
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message 03/28/09 - 12:40 pm
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Were are the pictures of the

Were are the pictures of the murder suspects?They must be white.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:42 pm
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message: columbia county

message: columbia county sheriff's office website & they are indeed white

up2nogood
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up2nogood 03/28/09 - 12:42 pm
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David Parsons was in

David Parsons was in California on business when this happened. Don't you all think this guy and his son are going through enough right now without you all dragging his name through the mud with unfounded accusations? Bunch of jackasses, all of you.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:44 pm
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up2: we are not showing

up2: we are not showing anything but sympathy for HIM and his son.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:45 pm
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You think Mrs. sears would

You think Mrs. sears would have told him about the affair- and maybe she did and they reconciled-but Sears was not so easy to forgive and forget.

double_standard
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double_standard 03/28/09 - 12:47 pm
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Sounds like a lifetime movie

Sounds like a lifetime movie to me. Better get the popcorn ready.

up2nogood
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up2nogood 03/28/09 - 12:48 pm
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Augusta, reporters have these

Augusta, reporters have these little things called facts they have to be sure about before publishing anything. They can't just write down the gossip and rumors generated by idiots like you.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 12:52 pm
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up2: please understand we are

up2: please understand we are not gossiping we are just trying to make some kind of sense out of a senseless murder. A crime this severe (meaning beaten to death) is a personal passion type crime and usually either involves intimate relationships and/or money. We are not here trying to offend anyone- there are obviously very sentimental postings on here and other boards for the surviving family members; but anger from the posters i believe is reasonable- children are involved on both sides of the fence.

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JohnQPublic 03/28/09 - 12:58 pm
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Mrs. Parson's obit in today's

Mrs. Parson's obit in today's paper said she was a military wife. So, her husband was out of town on business?

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Lkn4Ans 03/28/09 - 12:58 pm
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Please...just stop. Kay was a

Please...just stop. Kay was a friend of mine and not only was she a 110% hands-on devoted mother - but a wife as well. Kay loved her family and she had small town values, morals, and ethics. This was not some nefarious love triangle. This was a doped up punk looking to score some money for his next fix and sadly, with Kay knowing him - he beat her to death to keep from going back to jail.
Kay lost her life - she does not deserve to lose her reputation too on boards like these.
My heart goes out to you, David and Derek. Rest in peace Kay.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/28/09 - 01:04 pm
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OK then how was his mother

OK then how was his mother involved if he was on drugs and killed Mrs. Parsons for money? It is very sad.

lylagirl
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lylagirl 03/28/09 - 01:08 pm
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Well... there you have it.

Well... there you have it. Case closed!

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userone 03/28/09 - 01:11 pm
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there is no way a white

there is no way a white person in columbia county that did this. I would have thought it was one of the section eight mexicans or blacks from reading the comments the other day. You all can unpack now, you dont have to go futher into the woods.

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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 01:13 pm
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Lkn4Ans: I apologize for the

Lkn4Ans: I apologize for the crass behavior of some people in this town - or wherever they may be. I don't feel there's infidelity here, just druggies looking for money for a fix, and mama going to an extreme to cover it up. That's the trouble these days, mama/daddy don't hold their kids accountable. This probably isn't the first sign of trouble from this boy. One TV station quotes today that this kid was recently charged for drugs - what more needs to be said? Small potatoes to take a life. My heart and prayers are with you.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 01:16 pm
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bama: well said- and you

bama: well said- and you mentioned the drug theory way before the affair theory

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 01:18 pm
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protect her child from the

protect her child from the repercussions of his actions. what was she thinking?

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 01:19 pm
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Not hard to assume, since the

Not hard to assume, since the jails are full of people, and virtually 100% of it is from drugs and alcohol.

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