Hearing planned today for son, mother held in fatal beating

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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