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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toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:25 pm
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They were lightening fast

They were lightening fast

DEVGRU
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DEVGRU 03/28/09 - 06:26 pm
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I believe there was

I believe there was definitely something going on between the two families or the son committed this crime for some reason or the other and the mother tried to protect him by covering it up. But to take a bullet in the leg? I don't know.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:28 pm
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grazing...not as bad

grazing...not as bad though....hmmm

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 03/28/09 - 06:28 pm
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sorry coalminer & halfpint. I

sorry coalminer & halfpint. I have no clue why I got removed. halfpint, did you get to read it?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:29 pm
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a woman gives birth...this is

a woman gives birth...this is nothing

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:30 pm
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no i was responding a little

no i was responding a little bit, posted and bam, you got bumped. I didn't even see what you posted.

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:32 pm
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what was it? God- i hope it

what was it? God- i hope it wasn'tlong- what a waste-

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:33 pm
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that would aggravate me-I

that would aggravate me-I can't let it go

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happythoughts 03/28/09 - 06:34 pm
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rewrite it again

rewrite it again

corgimom
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corgimom 03/28/09 - 06:35 pm
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I think more charges are

I think more charges are coming; but under GA law conspiracy to commit murder is felony murder. Now they can sit in jail while the police investigate and build a strong case. Great work from all the police involved. And those two are just plain evil.

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pattym35 03/28/09 - 06:39 pm
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411: Thank you!

411: Thank you!

ListenAndLearn
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ListenAndLearn 03/28/09 - 06:39 pm
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Basically, I said they've

Basically, I said they've both been arrested for murder according to the CC website. That will change as the investigation progresses. Then there's indictment, maybe, and then there's trial. A plea is possible.

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mwbga 03/28/09 - 06:40 pm
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Every body is jumping to

Every body is jumping to conclusions and we still don't have the most important thing and that is MOTIVE. Yes it is sooo sad that Mrs Parsons was murdered and I feel so sad for her family but until we can say they are guilty last I knew our judicial system was innocent until proven guilty. What I have heard of this boy from my daughter who knows of him is that anger and violence is not in his character. But who knows, that is what the courts and the jury will have to prove. May God be with every one that is involved. I pray God is with Mrs Parsons son to give him strength to get through the loss of his Mom.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 06:40 pm
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I think about those cop shows

I think about those cop shows where they inerrogate them-try and turn them against each other- try to find the truth-ya know -if someone else was involved. They are probably still at it.

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corgimom 03/28/09 - 06:48 pm
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I guess the Sears mother and

I guess the Sears mother and son aren't too bright. Everyone smelled a huge rat on this one. Usually people are killed for money, sex, or both. It is just unbelievable that a mother could get involved in something like this with their child. Mothers are supposed to love and guide and protect their children, not commit a murder with them so their child can rot in prison.

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ListenAndLearn 03/28/09 - 06:55 pm
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More than likely halfpint.

More than likely halfpint. When the SO discloses the motive this board will be silenced. Unless of course justus4 decides to chime in. He's been conspicously absent on this. He's usually ALL over the white on white crime.

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ninaray 03/28/09 - 06:56 pm
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How strange these two women

How strange these two women worked together and lived next door to each other. Were they friends? Do you think Mrs Sears shot herself?

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 07:01 pm
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LOL- KK- gotta tell you- what

LOL- KK- gotta tell you- what scares me is that what if the lady who was "grazed" never happened? I wouldn't have thought of her or her son for this crime- when i first heard about it- i actually thought it was random burglary hits in the neighborhood. I wasn't until the newsbroke about the shooting that my alarm went off. Sad to say- but thank God they are stupid

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pattym35 03/28/09 - 07:02 pm
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pist - did you mean stupid?

pist - did you mean stupid?

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toldya 03/28/09 - 07:09 pm
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patty: I think they meant to

patty: I think they meant to post as a screen name PAST friend and not [filtered word]- I mean pist-lol

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ListenAndLearn 03/28/09 - 07:11 pm
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OK gotta go be a husband.

OK gotta go be a husband. ninaray, there's no telling. The one that is accused is an office manager, the one killed was a receptionist. I'm not sure if Ms. Parsons worked at the Highland Ave. location or Thompson.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 07:14 pm
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wonder if the lady (the one

wonder if the lady (the one shot) went to work that day she was "robbed"

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pattym35 03/28/09 - 07:17 pm
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I like pist, but thanks

I like pist, but thanks halfpint

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ListenAndLearn 03/28/09 - 07:20 pm
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I'm not sure where AC gets

I'm not sure where AC gets there info but I accessed the Healing Hands website a few minutes ago.

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mtgmimi1 03/28/09 - 07:20 pm
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these awful people should be

these awful people should be killed the same way mrs.parson was. if not worse.
they do not deserve to take another breath of air.
thats all i have to say about that.

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rhl 03/28/09 - 07:21 pm
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halfpint no she was @ the

halfpint no she was @ the hosp . with friends and fam

toldya
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toldya 03/28/09 - 07:23 pm
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she was at the hospital with

she was at the hospital with Kay Parsons ?

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rhl 03/28/09 - 07:24 pm
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yes she was for 2 days

yes she was for 2 days

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Rose 03/28/09 - 07:25 pm
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KK Parsons worked in Thomson

KK Parsons worked in Thomson and Sears worked on Highland Ave. I read it somewhere on here.

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toldya 03/28/09 - 07:26 pm
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Patty: might be [filtered word] off

Patty: might be [filtered word] off friend of kay- sharp as a tack I am alright-LOL

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