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LIVE UPDATES: Mother, son charged with murder pleading at hearing

Posted: May 10, 2012 - 2:37pm  |  Updated: May 11, 2012 - 9:32am
Rebecca Bowers Sears, 44, right, and her son, Christopher Sean Bowers, 23, are accused of killing her neighbor, Laverne "Kay" Parsons, on March 25, 2009. The pair are expected to enter a guilty plea and be sentenced at a hearing Friday in Evans.  Hand Out
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Rebecca Bowers Sears, 44, right, and her son, Christopher Sean Bowers, 23, are accused of killing her neighbor, Laverne "Kay" Parsons, on March 25, 2009. The pair are expected to enter a guilty plea and be sentenced at a hearing Friday in Evans.

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UPDATE: Christopher Sean Bowers, 23, was sentenced under a plea agreement to life in prison plus 20 years without the possiblity of parole for his role in the 2009 murder of Kay Parsons. His mother, Rebecca Bowers Sears, 44, is expected to also enter a plea.

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A Columbia County mother and son accused of murdering a neighbor in 2009 are expected to plead guilty at a Friday sentencing hearing in Evans.

Rebecca Bowers Sears, 44, and her son, Christopher Sean Bowers, 23, are charged with murder in connection to the beating death of Laverne “Kay” Parsons.

Sears and Bowers were listed as an addendum to the Friday sentencing calendar for Superior Court Judge Sheryl B. Jolly. The hearing is set to start at 9 a.m. in the Evans courthouse.

On March 25, 2009, Parsons was found in her garage beaten to death with a bat and a claw hammer. Sears and Bowers were arrested a few days later. Both were indicted on murder, armed robbery and burglary charges in April 2010.

Sears was allegedly having an affair with Parson’s husband and orchestrated the murder to eliminate her romantic rival.

District Attorney Ashley Wright intended to seek the death penalty. Wright said she can't discuss a pending case. 

Sears’ death penalty trial was tentatively set for April at an October hearing, where her lead defense attorney, Newell Hamilton, said he had no more pre-trial motions to file. But other issues, he said, could cause delays.

A date for Bowers’ trial was never discussed.

 

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Riverman1

Strange Murder

This is the strangest murder in the history of Columbia County. Is the murdered woman's husband going to be in court?

stillamazed

Christopher Bowers

@River, I agree it is strange, my daughter knew Christopher from school, he had actually been to our house a couple of times when we had pool parties and he was a kind, respectful young man, always pleasant to talk to. I was shocked when this happens and so were a lot of people who knew him. Honestly I blame the mom for all of it because I think she drug her young son into this mess. Yes he is wrong and he will pay the price and should pay the price, but I really think that he was influenced by his mother. What kind of a mother gets her child to help her commit a crime?

raul

As they say in the crime

As they say in the crime thrillers I read. Murder is usually for sex, money, or power.

@Riverman. When is your banishment over?

stillamazed

So True

@Raul, that is so true but why would she ruin her son's life along with her own. I would hate to know I had a mama like that.

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