Neighbor arrested in Grovetown woman's murder

Saturday, March 28, 2009 12:46 PM
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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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toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:20 pm
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why would he want his

why would he want his neighbor's money- when she could identify him-hate to pass the buck-but why not someone he didn't know?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:21 pm
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there is still a piece

there is still a piece missing from this puzzle.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 02:21 pm
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coalminerpa: to keep little

coalminerpa: to keep little baby from going to jail to be punished for something he did!

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:22 pm
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maybe he was protecting

maybe he was protecting her...

N.Augusta
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N.Augusta 03/28/09 - 02:24 pm
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May the Lord be with the son

May the Lord be with the son of Mrs. Parsons

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/28/09 - 02:25 pm
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My guess is when she came in

My guess is when she came in on him, he wanted to make sure she couldn't identify him.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 03/28/09 - 02:26 pm
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I agree, once again, Bama.

I agree, once again, Bama. People, you don't know a damn thing about the case. Speculating about this woman being unfaithful is slanderous and shows how disgusting some of you Kindergarten Detectives truly are. At this point, there is NOTHING to back up your claims so just stop. You're not the only people who read these boards.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 03/28/09 - 02:27 pm
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...and if he's found guilty,

...and if he's found guilty, the next drugs he'll take will hopefully be the lethal cocktail administered by the Ga DOC.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:29 pm
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bama: no need to be mean to

bama: no need to be mean to me-I think straight-its just hard to comprehend a woman covering a murder for her son- a murder, not shoplifting, a murder.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:30 pm
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drugs are just as much of a

drugs are just as much of a defamation of character as is an affair- both are pretty diabolical and undermine any relationship.

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yankeedoodle 03/28/09 - 02:30 pm
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I think halfpint might have a

I think halfpint might have a point. My theory is if you follow the money you will find the motive. Ms. Sears was surely living the "posh" life and spending money like crazy. Last I knew Mr. Sears was a truck driver and they were on again off again w/ the marriage. He is not the father to the two older boys.

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userone 03/28/09 - 02:33 pm
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ok my other comments were

ok my other comments were removed so i will keep it clean. i wish we would not judge certain situations until we get the facts. I read the comments the other day and none of us had an ideal what happen. I hope the kid is getting help.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:34 pm
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yankee: thanks for the back

yankee: thanks for the back up but honestly its just so disheartening-the whole damn thing- a woman lost her life and whether it was an indsicretion or not-it doesn't deserve the death penalty.

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double_standard 03/28/09 - 02:34 pm
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Drugs, Money, and Sex I've

Drugs, Money, and Sex I've heard it all. Stop protecting the thug and call it what it is a senseless crime. I find it funny that when its black people killing each other the chronicle doesn't hesitate to put up a side story or some type of he say she say concerning the case. I guess we now see that thugs come in all colors.

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tdp 03/28/09 - 02:38 pm
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FRY THEM BOTH!!! They both

FRY THEM BOTH!!! They both look like white trash anyway.

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 03/28/09 - 02:39 pm
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But, if the mother was

But, if the mother was covering up what her son did, then why would they charge her with murder too? Wow, she must have been some enabler!

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:39 pm
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they always have come in a

they always have come in a rainbow of colors.

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curly123053 03/28/09 - 02:40 pm
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This story is far from being

This story is far from being over. What will the next episode bring?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:40 pm
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colaminer: see, thats where

colaminer: see, thats where its a dicey to me.

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Craig Spinks 03/28/09 - 02:40 pm
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THANK GOD for Clay, Ronnie,

THANK GOD for Clay, Ronnie, Steve and the investigators of the CCSO and the RCSD! Also thank The Lord for Ashley and her folks who'll make sure that Ron Burke, Jr. gets a "home boy" at Georgia State Prison.

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tdp 03/28/09 - 02:41 pm
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Great job CCPD! Keep up the

Great job CCPD! Keep up the good work!

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userone 03/28/09 - 02:41 pm
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I agree double standard. I

I agree double standard. I thought it would have been some section eight recipiant that done this from reading early comments. You all can unpack your bags. No need to go futher into the woods.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 02:43 pm
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I didn't think that at all-

I didn't think that at all- most of the heinous crimes-even serial killers are mostly white.

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iletuknow 03/28/09 - 02:54 pm
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Good detective work CCSO and

Good detective work CCSO and the RCSD!

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My_2nd 03/28/09 - 02:54 pm
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the AC erased my comment due

the AC erased my comment due to a violation. funny how comments get erased simply because they don't like what was said. typical liberal news source. so when the rest of the story comes out, i guess they can kiss my [filtered word].

the victims husband had been sleeping with the neighbor for several years. she convinced her son to help her kill his wife. in exchange she bought him a vehicle. they staged the burglary to try and cover it up. when the heat was on they then staged the shooting incident. now they are in jail. why don't you geniuses at the AC actually investigate a story instead of guessing. morons!!!

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My_2nd 03/28/09 - 02:55 pm
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tdp - what is the CCPD?

tdp - what is the CCPD?

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dellguy1 03/28/09 - 02:57 pm
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Its funny how ppl are saying

Its funny how ppl are saying not to speculate on the case. But yet look at the comments on the Hephzibah teen. Doesn't seem speculating is a problem when it applies to certain people.

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carolinagirl1970 03/28/09 - 03:06 pm
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Sometimes you just can't

Sometimes you just can't trust your neighbors. My prayers are with this Parson's family. The neighbors need to rot in jail.

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dellguy1 03/28/09 - 03:06 pm
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Lol if the killing was over

Lol if the killing was over drugs. Why is the mother being charged with conspiracy. Which means it was mostly her idea. Couldn't Ms. Sears get drug money from her husband. Instead of asking her son to kill her neighbor for drug money. There is more to the story. I think Ms. Sears asked her son to kill Ms. Parson because she was sleeping with her husband. More than Ms. Sears asked her son to kill Ms. Parson to find money to buy drugs. Ms. Sears wasn't a single mom. And could have gotten money to buy drugs from her husband. Not to mention Ms. Sears had a job to buy her own drugs. More to the story for sure.

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Ode to Augusta 03/28/09 - 03:08 pm
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I agree double standard. I

I agree double standard. I thought it would have been some section eight recipiant that done this from reading early comments. You all can unpack your bags. No need to go futher into the woods.
Posted by userone on Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:41 PM
I didn't think that at all- most of the heinous crimes-even serial killers are mostly white.
Posted by halfpint on Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:43 PM------------------------Typically white people are the only ones smart enough to be serial killers. Blacks get caught after the first one.

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