News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
GROVETOWN, Ga. -- It was a murder that stunned a Grovetown community. Kay Parsons was beaten to death in her home on March 25, 2009. Becky Sears and her son, Christopher Bowers, pleaded guilty to her murder.
Now the high-profile case is being turned into a TV mystery. News 12's Katie Beasley was the first reporter on the scene in 2009 and helped lend her voice to "Deadly Affairs," the Investigation Discovery show airing Saturday night.
It was a brutally violent murder in a quiet, Grovetown neighborhood. Now it's a being turned into a silver screen drama.
The episode of "Deadly Affairs," named "Love Thy Neighbor," airs Saturday at 10 p.m. on Investigation Discovery.
"Getting too close to the folks next door can be downright deadly," reads the narrator, Susan Lucci.
In July, Investigation Discovery turned the cameras on Katie for their series, "Deadly Affairs."
"Deadly Affairs is really all about the real life tales of love gone terribly wrong and situations that lead people to commit the ultimate sin," explained Pam Deutsch, executive producer of Deadly Affairs.
"It's spouses lying to spouses, it's friends lying to each other, it's about as despicable as it gets," Katie told Investigation Discovery.
"We always look for the most twisted tales and this one certainly had it all," Deutsch said.
In 2009, Kay Parsons was beaten to death in her garage with a hammer and baseball bat. When investigators learned Kay's husband, David Parsons, was having an affair with his next door neighbor, Becky Sears, the plot thickened.
"A lot of the stories that we cover in the series, these are the real life soap operas and you really couldn't write this stuff," Deutsch said.
With the help of actors, the show unfolds as a mystery with a surprising twist.
"Each of these are interlaced with expert commentary from local authorities, people were in involved with the actual story on the ground," Deutsch said.
One expert featured in the piece is Columbia County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jimmy Edmunds.
"It starts turning in my mind that Becky had somehow set this up to deflect any type of investigation into her involvement into Kay Parson's death," he said.
In the show, Lt. Edmunds outlines how the investigation unfolded.
Sears eventually confessed to investigators, saying she and her then 19-year-old son plotted to kill Parsons.
"This is as juicy as they come," Deutsch said.
And for the first time, you'll hear from Parsons' sisters about the awful crime that took their sister away forever.
"She was not awake. We didn't get to say goodbye to her," said Elma Pavelek, Parsons' sister.
"To walk into that room and see what we saw. Nobody deserves that," added her sister Olive Bigley.
The plot may be perfect for TV, but this murder case is all too real for the victims involved.
"You can kind of forget that these are real people involved and there are people who still suffer in the aftermath and we hope that by kind of keeping the memory of the alive this can be therapeutic and helpful to them," Deutsch said.
Show producers say this episode, "Love Thy Neighbor" is one of their best.
"We sort of save the best for last; this is one of our best, strongest episodes and it's a jaw-dropper," she said.
In May, Sears and Bowers changed their pleas to avoid a death penalty trial. They turned over crucial evidence and pleaded guilty to Parsons' murder.
They are each serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole.
This episode of "Deadly Affairs" airs Saturday at 10 pm on Investigation Discovery.
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