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.
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.