DA to seek death penalty in Columbia County murder

By: STAFF
By: STAFF

April 24, 2009

AUGUSTA, Ga.---Augusta Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ashley Wright
will seek the death penalty for both defendants in a Columbia County murder case.

Defense attorneys Vick and Jacque Hawk received the notice Friday.
The brothers represent Rebecca Sears and Christopher Bowers. They were indicted earlier this week on murder, robbery and burglary charges in the death of Laverne "Kay" Parsons in the Grovetown area.

The indictments say Mrs. Parsons was beaten to death with a claw hammer and a baseball bat, and that her watch and a necklace were stolen during the attack.

The notice to seek the death penalty against both defendants will trigger a new round of court hearings. In death penalty cases, each
defendant must be represented by two attornies in court, with at least one of them having prior experience in a death penalty case.

Stay with News 12 for continuing updates on this developing story.


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  • by Disgusted Location: Columbia County on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:23 AM
    With some attorneys, it's about truth. With some, it's about money. I'm appalled at a mother who has five children and would commit such a horrible crime AND involve or encourage one of her own children to participate. Hoping justice will be served most of all for Derek Parsons who is left without his mother. Sears' decision was willful to leave her children for her own selfish greed. Kay was taken from her family. There is no justice that's swift enough for these two. Wondering what the defense de jour will be..."I was abused as a child" "Drugs ruined my life". Waah, waah, waah, it's always some excused these unethical lawyers come up with. It's about choices, and they made theirs. Now, hopefully justice can make another choice for them.
  • by kat Location: augusta on Apr 25, 2009 at 05:11 AM
    I HOPE THEY GET THE DEATH PENALTY.JUST BECAUSE SHE HAS GOT OTHER KIDS DONT MEAN NOTHING. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL TAKE THEM AN GIVE THEM A LOVING HOME.AN WHAT ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO WAS KILLED.SHE ALSO HAD A CHILD.BUT THE HAWK BROTHERS DONT CARE.I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW IN THE WORLD THEY CAN AFFORD THEM.I GUESS THERE PAYING THEM WITH THE STUFF THEY STOLED FROM THE WOMAN THEY KILLED.DONT KNOW HOW THEY SLEEP AT NIGHT.
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