Murder suspects submit requests
Defense attorneys for Rebecca Bowers Sears, 41, and her son, Sean Christopher Bowers, 20, made several requests Wednesday at pretrial hearings.
Sears and Bowers are charged in the March beating death of Sears' next-door neighbor, Laverne "Kay" Parsons.
Sears' attorney, Victor Hawk, asked for results from tests performed on forensic evidence by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab in Atlanta. District Attorney Ashley Wright said most of the tests are complete.
More pretrial motions will be heard in February and March. Sears and Bowers will be tried separately because Wright plans to seek the death penalty.
The following accounts were taken from reports from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Reports are available at www.columbiacountyso.org:
Man says ex-wife vandalized his car
A Martinez man said Monday that he saw his ex-wife and someone else vandalize his car.
The 33-year-old said he heard loud banging noises outside his Morehead Drive home about 7:30 p.m. He said he looked out his children's bedroom window and saw his ex-wife and a man he didn't know running away from his Ford Mustang. They got into a Mitsubishi Galant and drove away with the headlights off.
The man went outside and found the rear window of the car broken out and several scratches on the car.
Police found the two metal objects used to scratch the vehicle and said the back window was broken with a long object such as a baseball bat or pipe.
Police called the man's ex-wife on her cell phone. She refused to meet with police and hung up.
Burglars take drugs, electronics, jewelry
Someone stole medication and electronics from a home on Pin Court in Martinez.
The homeowner said that about 2 p.m. Wednesday he discovered that all his family's prescription drugs were missing from a medicine cabinet. A 19-inch television and Playstation 2 and Nintendo DS game consoles were missing from his son's bedroom.
About $500 worth of jewelry, a digital camera and several movies were stolen in the burglary, which occurred between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.
None of the neighbors saw any suspicious activity.
Man's identity used to buy computer
A Martinez man told police Tuesday that someone used his identity to buy a computer.
He said that about 9:30 a.m. he got a call from a United Recovery Systems representative who said he needed to pay for a Dell computer system. The resident told the caller he didn't own a Dell.
The caller asked for the man's Social Security number and address, but the man refused to provide them.
Woman reports ketchup vandalism
An Evans woman reported the second act of vandalism at her house in a week.
Between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, someone smeared a large amount of ketchup on the front picture window of her Dogwood Way home.
She said she had not reported the first vandalism.
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