Hearing planned today for son, mother held in fatal beating

Monday, March 30, 2009 9:20 AM
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A first appearance hearing will be held today for Christopher Bowers and Rebecca Sears, two Columbia County residents accused in the fatal beating of Laverne Katherine Parsons in her Grovetown home.

The hearing will be closed to the public in case the mother and son say anything during the proceedings that might jeopardize a police investigation, said Columbia County Magistrate Judge Dale Jenereaux.

Mr. Bowers, 19, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, and Ms. Sears, 41, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, Grovetown, are facing murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges in the death of Mrs. Parsons, a next-door neighbor of Ms. Sears.

Mrs. Parsons was found beaten with a bat and claw hammer in her home at 229 Hot Springs Drive in the Orchard Hill subdivision. She died Thursday.

The hearing will take place via a video conference involving a magistrate judge from the Columbia County Detention Center, where Mr. Bowers and Ms. Sears are incarcerated, said Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

At the hearing, Mr. Bowers, 19, and Ms. Sears, 41, will be informed of their rights and the charges against them, but no bond will be set today, Capt. Morris said.

Bonds for felony charges must be set by a Superior Court judge and bond hearings must be requested by defense attorneys.

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rufus 03/30/09 - 09:43 am
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I think the most likely

I think the most likely motive is either embezzlement or stealing drugs for resale.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 03/30/09 - 09:46 am
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demand capital punishment

demand capital punishment

stillamazed
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stillamazed 03/30/09 - 09:50 am
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I really don't think it was

I really don't think it was drugs, it was something more personal and I think that the mother got her son involved in it all. It will all come out eventually but I do really think that the mom was the one who started it all, especially after she supposedly got shot trying to get the police off her butt....

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augusta49 03/30/09 - 10:04 am
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Embezzlement from where???

Embezzlement from where???

APiratesLife4Me
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APiratesLife4Me 03/30/09 - 10:05 am
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I can't think of any crime

I can't think of any crime more evil than this. Death by claw hammer.... There isn't a more vicious act of violence. How can this much evil lurk within someone? These two deserve nothing better than a slow miseraable and painful death. If there is a bond set for these two murderers, the Judge that sets it should be run out of town, and quick! I don't see any reason they would even entertain the thought of bail.

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rufus 03/30/09 - 10:14 am
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From the Pain Center where

From the Pain Center where they worked. If Sears was stealing and Parsons was going to let law enforcement know about it then it would be motive for murder. Just speculation.

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MeinAugusta2 03/30/09 - 10:22 am
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APiratesLife4Me - I agree

APiratesLife4Me - I agree with you. They should NOT get bond! What they put Ms. Parsons through is unforgiveable.

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bdr06 03/30/09 - 10:23 am
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Mrs. Sears was having an

Mrs. Sears was having an afair with the victim's husband. This is just so sad. It sounds like one of those crazy Lifetime movies, not something that would happen here. May God be with the children of both of these families. It's such a senseless act of violence.

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smiles68 03/30/09 - 10:33 am
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What a tragic incident.

What a tragic incident. Should make all men and women think twice about affairs. Marriage is a commitment- if you can't deal with it, get out but don't cheat, lie and kill. I pray for the family of Mrs. Parsons, Bowers, and Sears. Very sad. Thank you CCSO for solving so quickly.

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mindyourownbusiness 03/30/09 - 10:47 am
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I am so glad to see that the

I am so glad to see that the AC is doing a better job today at removing all of the disrespectful comments you rude people leave!

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baddgf 03/30/09 - 10:52 am
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Rufus, I think you're way

Rufus, I think you're way off. It will come out soon.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 03/30/09 - 10:58 am
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As I posted Saturday morning,

As I posted Saturday morning, before the article was posted that the son was actually charged with the murder, that either the murderer was already in jail, or still out on the street. We now know the murderer was already in jail, but we do not what the reason for the conspiracy to murder Mrs. Parsons was. Mrs. Sears injuries from the alleged shooting was either self inflicted, or there was a third person involved. Since the injuries were not serious. we can deduct that this was an attempt to throw off the authorities, in order to keep the inverstigation from focusing on Mrs. Sears and her son. This was a very heinous crime,and as soon as the reason for the conspiracy to commit murder is made public, we will also know why Mrs. Sears and her son staged the robbery of her home. It sounds like this thing was well thought and premeditated.

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tdp 03/30/09 - 11:16 am
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5:00smwhr.....Even if the mom

5:00smwhr.....Even if the mom was the mastermind behind the killing, the son is an adult and has control over his own actions. He didn't have to go along with it. That's the great part about being an adult....we don't have to do what our parents say anymore!!!!

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sophiecat1 03/30/09 - 11:41 am
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I think infidelity played a

I think infidelity played a part, but I could be wrong. It is only a thought. No matter what the motive the whole crime is a shame.

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toldya 03/30/09 - 11:54 am
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No bond for murderers. My

No bond for murderers. My God, if these people could kill their own neighbor, they are indeed a threat to the community. Any Judge worth his weight in salt would never allow it.

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me too 03/30/09 - 12:03 pm
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All the speculation isn't

All the speculation isn't helping the victim's family. Those people have been through the worst nightmare imaginable. Whatever possessed Ms. Sears and her son to commit this crime will come to light soon enough, as the authorities already know the full story, but smartly hold many cards close to their vests so that they won't walk on a technicality. No matter what their reasons were, it gives me chills to think about how black their souls are to do this to another human being.

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FallingLeaves 03/30/09 - 12:24 pm
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We do not KNOW anything to be

We do not KNOW anything to be proven fact. Note: the hearing is being closed to the public for the reason stated above in the article. This isn't signed, sealed and delivered by a long shot. The investigation CONTINUES. Meanwhile, dear posters, please don't libel anyone while speculating, and have some consideration for the families and friends devastated by this. They may stumble across your comments. Consider how they would feel if they read them. I understand that you are coming from a point of caring, but please err on the side of caution.

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steelermoose1 03/30/09 - 12:51 pm
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Just so everyone knows whats

Just so everyone knows whats up...the CCSD KNOWS everything. Like me too said, they are holding the information as they should, so these scum bags can be convicted with no problems. Good Job CCSD and RCSO

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jedex6 03/30/09 - 01:03 pm
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These two will get, maybe,

These two will get, maybe, between them, about thirty-five or forty years and then be out in fifteen for good behavior. That is always how these things go. No justice. The justice system, like every other system of this supposedly great and glorious nation of psychotic murderers weilding claw hammers against their neighbors, and mass murderes shooting up nursing homes, is the cruelest and saddest joke of all.

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stillamazed 03/30/09 - 01:05 pm
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Tdp, I am not making any

Tdp, I am not making any excuses for the young man, he is an adult and should and will be charged as such but as a mother it is a sorry mother who would involve their child in a crime or if the case may be try to cover up a crime their child committed. I am sure they will both get what they deserve if found guilty.

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mama2angels 03/30/09 - 01:14 pm
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Kay Parson is my aunt( my

Kay Parson is my aunt( my dads sister). And i would like nothing more than to see them take them out back and do what they id to my aunt. Make them suffer like she had to. I feel for her children all but bowers of course. I hope they get the worst possible punishment possible. And i want to thank every one for thier support and efforts in getting these scums!!

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toldya 03/30/09 - 01:16 pm
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This post is to Ms. Sears:

This post is to Ms. Sears: you are a sad excuse for a mother, whether you killed Ms. Parson or your son did it- if he did it- you covered it up and went beyond covering it up and used sheer tactics of deceit to the police by "having your leg grazed". There is indeed a special place in HE** for your type. I hope your husband and Mr. Parson finds peace with the fact that no matter what he/they did, you played this tune out all by yourself, the woman did not deserve to die and no matter what you did it should not reflect upon him/them. Obviously you are unbalanced and need counseling. for your sake please seek it out.

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toldya 03/30/09 - 01:17 pm
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Mama2: my thoughts and

Mama2: my thoughts and sincere prayers go to you and yours, may God comfort you in these troubling times.

toldya
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toldya 03/30/09 - 01:29 pm
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Laverne "Kay" Parson was her

Laverne "Kay" Parson was her name -and that is what Mama2 wrote.

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Debster 03/30/09 - 01:48 pm
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Actually, the last name is

Actually, the last name is Parsons ... but I don't doubt that Mama2 is a relative. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of both women. I don't think any of us can begin to imagine what they are going through.

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puddeecat 03/30/09 - 02:36 pm
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I'm with you rufus. Ms.

I'm with you rufus. Ms. Sears was up to no good and Ms. Parsons found out about it.

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toldya 03/30/09 - 02:38 pm
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i understood that they worked

i understood that they worked in two different offices- one in Augusta and one in Thomson I think.

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S 03/30/09 - 03:04 pm
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This doesn't appear to me to

This doesn't appear to me to be a burglary or embezlement. Looks more like a crime of "passion". No one beats someone like this for something tangible - she was after this womans life. Maybe I watch to may lifetime movies but theres probally a man involved somewhere. There is more to this story than we are hearing. There must be someone else the cops are after for the hearing to be closed. What are they scared these two people are going to say?

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baddgf 03/30/09 - 03:14 pm
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I agree with S. There is much

I agree with S. There is much more to this story.

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Chelle9303 03/30/09 - 03:27 pm
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much more...so let it be...

much more...so let it be...

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