Bond denied in fatal beating

Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:59 AM
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A Superior Court judge denied bond, for now, for a Columbia County mother and son accused of murder.

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Christopher Sean Bowers is led into Judge Carlisle Overstreet's courtroom for a bond hearing. Christopher Bowers and his mother Rebecca Bowers Sears are accused of murdering Laverne K. Parsons. Bond was denied.  Jim Blaylock/Staff
Jim Blaylock/Staff
Christopher Sean Bowers is led into Judge Carlisle Overstreet's courtroom for a bond hearing. Christopher Bowers and his mother Rebecca Bowers Sears are accused of murdering Laverne K. Parsons. Bond was denied.

Despite defense attorney arguments this morning that the evidence against Rebecca Sears, 41, and Christopher Bowers, 19, for the March 25 murder of Laverne “Kay” Parsons is circumstantial, Judge J. Carlisle Overstreet denied granting the pair bond during a hearing at the Columbia County Justice Center.

However, Judge Overstreet said Mrs. Sears' and Mr. Bowers' attorneys, Victor Hawk and Jacque Hawk, respectively, may request a second bond hearing following an April 29 preliminary hearing.

The Hawks had asked the judge to delay ruling on the bond until after the preliminary hearing, where they said they intend present evidence showing that their clients didn’t kill 41-year-old Mrs. Parsons.

Police arrested Mr. Bowers, of the 4000 block of Briarwood Drive, Martinez, and Mrs. Sears, of 227 Hot Springs Drive, Grovetown, three days following the murder.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Catalano, who asked Judge Overstreet to deny bond, referred to Mrs. Sears as the “mastermind” of Mrs. Parsons' homicide. As Mrs. Parsons next-door neighbor, Mr. Catalano said Mrs. Sears knew the victim’s schedule and that her husband, David Parsons, was out of town.

Mr. Catalano said Mrs. Sears told her son when to strike and that it was Mr. Bowers who beat Mrs. Parsons to death with a claw hammer.

The prosecutor called Mr. Sears and Mr. Bowers flight risks and dangers to the community.

“They’ve showed they would do anything to avoid punishment,” said Mr. Catalano, referring to a March 26 incident when police believe Mr. Bowers shot his mother in the leg outside of her Augusta workplace to deceive authorities.

Mrs. Sears, a mother of five, previously was arrested for shoplifting in 1990, Mr. Catalano told Judge Overstreet.

According to police, Mr. Bowers was arrested in May 2008 for marijuana possession and driving under the influence of drugs.

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toldya
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toldya 04/16/09 - 10:04 am
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They need to hold them in

They need to hold them in jail without bond. A crime of this magnitude should not allow bonds.

Patrickn1
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Patrickn1 04/16/09 - 10:37 am
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I agree with you completely

I agree with you completely toldya!

drumbeater1
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drumbeater1 04/16/09 - 11:25 am
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i'm by this like i am to the

i'm by this like i am to the oj simpson case...if they did not do it , then who did ????

YESWECAN
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YESWECAN 04/16/09 - 11:35 am
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OJ did it...and so did these

OJ did it...and so did these ppl!!!

pthsssh
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pthsssh 04/16/09 - 11:39 am
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Wow, If you can't get bond or

Wow, If you can't get bond or instant parole from JC, you must have really messed up. He let Sweet Jed go 3X.

toldya
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toldya 04/16/09 - 12:01 pm
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hail to overstreet- finally a

hail to overstreet- finally a judge that thinks! They need to rot in jail. neither one deserves one break.

MeinAugusta2
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MeinAugusta2 04/16/09 - 12:08 pm
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Thank you Judge Overstreet.

Thank you Judge Overstreet. These two do not deserve bond - EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

easy breezy
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easy breezy 04/16/09 - 01:06 pm
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Way to go Overstreet!!!

Way to go Overstreet!!!

toldya
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toldya 04/16/09 - 01:31 pm
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they are safer in jail

they are safer in jail anyways.

hockeymann
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hockeymann 04/16/09 - 02:39 pm
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Both are very capable

Both are very capable lawyers...You would not want to go up
against them in a court...I'm sure you know that someone has to
represent even scumbags like these two, but don't blame the lawyers for doing their job..

YellowHammer
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YellowHammer 04/16/09 - 03:00 pm
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We got lucky on this one. I

We got lucky on this one. I was afraid Overstreet would grant them bond. He is known for releasing murderers, rapists, and drug dealers. Thanks for doing the right thing this time Judge.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/16/09 - 03:06 pm
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Everything coming out in

Everything coming out in court about this horrendous crime will be interesting.

easy breezy
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easy breezy 04/16/09 - 05:19 pm
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What the heck is so offensive

What the heck is so offensive about being a midget or a dwarf? They must have friends who work AC. Attorneys are crooks and there isn't enough money in the world to justify representation of murderers! Cold blooded murderers!!!

BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/16/09 - 06:57 pm
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Relax, they'll never breathe

Relax, they'll never breathe free air again. I agree, they are safer in jail. They would be dead in no time if released.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 04/16/09 - 09:02 pm
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How could they even walk

How could they even walk around if they were out of jail? There is no excuse for their crime. No one would be sympathetic toward them. I have never heard of anyone using stupidity as a defense, but maybe they should consider it.

toldya
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toldya 04/17/09 - 10:09 am
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breezy: they are entitled to

breezy: they are entitled to be represented (but I understand how you feel). These lawyers that were hired are doing what they were asked to, represent them. But I'm sure the publicity is also in the back of their minds as well.

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