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Special Assignment: Mother/Son Murder Plot?


  • March 25, 2009: Kay Parsons is found beaten in her home at 8:55am. Later that day, she dies at MCG.
  • March 26, 2009: Becky Sears is allegedly shot in the leg and threatened about money while leaving her workplace, Healing Hands, in Augusta.
  • March 27, 2009: Becky Sears and her son, Christopher Bowers, are arrested and charged in the murder of Kay Parsons.
  • March 30, 2009: Sears and Bowers face a judge via video to hear the charges against them.
  • April 16, 2009: Sears and Bowers go to court for the first time and are denied bond.
  • April 22, 2009: Sears and Bowers are indicted on charges of murder.
  • May 13, 2009: Sears and Bowers plead not guilty.
  • May 15, 2009: News 12 gets copy of search warrant for Christopher Bowers' residence, revealing new details in alleged motive.
  • January 27, 2010: Sears and Bowers return to court for a hearing to discuss evidence and pre-trial motions.

News 12 at 6 o'clock, February 16, 2010

NASHVILLE---It was a murder that shocked a suburban Columbia County, Ga. neighborhood. Kay Parsons, a wife and mother, was beaten to death in her home. Her neighbor, Becky Sears, and Sears' son, Christopher Bowers, are charged in her death.

It's been nearly eleven months, and attorneys say it will be at least that much longer before this case goes to trial.

For the first time since the murder, the suspect's husband is speaking out and standing by his wife and stepson. News 12 spoke with Tony Sears at his family's new home in Nashville.

This February, Kay Parsons would have turned 42 years old. This month her next door neighbor, Becky Sears, also celebrated her 42nd birthday--behind bars.

For Tony Sears, the last ten months have been like a nightmare he can't wake up from, a whirlwind that's turned his family upside down.

"Can Daddy have a kiss?" Tony Sears asked, sharing a quick moment with his youngest son. It's a moment his wife Becky is missing out on.

"It's tough, real tough. All of us miss her so much. My whole world's changed," Tony told News 12.

Tony's whole world changed on March 25. That's when his neighbor, Kay Parsons, was found beaten nearly to death in her home. The back door was smashed, and a blood trail led investigators to the garage and her lifeless body. A claw hammer and baseball bat lay next to her. Parsons died hours later at the hospital.

"She was an innocent victim. She dropped her child off at school, she came back home and was murdered," Columbia County Sheriff's Captain Steve Morris told News 12 in March of 2009.

"It's terrible, I can't even think about it. I don't even know what to think about it," said Tony.

Kay Parsons' next door neighbor, Becky Sears, and her two sons, Michael and Christopher Bowers, were all questioned at the scene. Becky claimed her home had also been burglarized. Investigators say that was just the beginning of a mother and son's elaborate plot to cover their tracks. Prosecutors call Becky the mastermind, and Christopher the killer.

Since their arrest, the two have been in the Columbia County jail awaiting trial for charges of burglary, armed robbery, and murder.

"Do you think she's guilty?" we asked Tony.

"No, no," he replied.

"No doubt in your mind?"

"There's absolutely no doubt in my mind," Tony said.

"They're calling her a mastermind, but saying that he beat a woman to death. Is that any part of him that you've ever known?" we asked.

"Personally, I couldn't see him doing something like that," Tony said.

Rene' Alexander, Becky's sister, has been at the Nashville home to help Tony and his boys. Her family is also helping to pay for her sister and nephew's defense.

"No doubt in your mind she's innocent?" we asked Rene'.

"No doubt whatsoever," Rene' said. "I know my sister and I know my nephew. I know the things that they're capable of and this is not one of them."

Rene' and Tony say Becky's three boys ask about their mother all the time.

"Do they understand?" we asked.

"Not really," Rene' said. "It's just been really heart-wrenching, because every time the boys come up and give me a big hug, I think, 'This is what Becky's missing.' Every time some milestone happens, I think, 'She's never gonna get this back.'"

"They were two, five, and 13, and now they're three, six, and 14. So she's missed a few birthdays," Rene' went on.

"Becky's afraid that the smaller boys will forget her in time, so I keep bringing them down there for visitation," Tony said.

"Even if people wonder if Becky and Christopher are innocent, there's no doubt about the fact that the other children are completely innocent," said Rene'.

Tony and Rene' say seeing Becky and Christopher in those shackles and orange jumpsuits never gets any easier.

"You can look into their eyes and see that their spirit is still there," Rene' said. "They're still holding tight. But it's just, your heart breaks for them every time you see them."

"It's extremely hard, and to hear how she's being treated, it just doesn't seem fair," Tony said of his wife. "She's doing as well as expected."

In 2002, News 12 talked with Becky and two of her boys about lake safety. Now that interview offers a snapshot of their lives before courtrooms, handcuffs, and murder charges.

"She's not that type of person that would be so cruel and vindictive and just--it was a heinous crime, just heinous, and neither of them are heinous people," said Rene'.

The family says the most hurtful part is feeling like they've already been found guilty before they even step into the courtroom.

"I think what bothers us the most is they're so set on Becky and Christopher they aren't even looking for the real person who has done this," said Tony.

"You feel like they've already been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, and you can kind of understand it, because, you see, here's this woman with this lovely child and this terrible thing happens to her," Rene' said. "You immediately want someone to blame. You immediately want a reason why. You don't want it to be a random act, because you don't want to think it could happen to you."

News 12 reached out to Kay's husband, David Parsons, but neither he nor Kay's family in Pennsylvania wanted to comment.

Part 2 takes a closer look at the documents and at the possibility of an affair as the motive in this murder. Also in Part 2, News 12 asks Tony Sears about his thoughts on the possibility of the death penalty if his wife or stepson are convicted.

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  • by Rene Location: Nashville on May 10, 2012 at 09:04 PM
    I agree with some of the comments. We can never say what someone is capable of. I should have said I would hope that no one that I know and love would never commit such a terrible crime against an innocent person, and as family I will stand by them and withhold judgement as it is not my place to judge. I have truly grieved for Kay and her family and pray for her son as I do for Rebecca's innocent children. My continued hope is that a measure of peace may be found by all that have been touched by this terrible event. I hope that forgiveness is requested by those involved, because we know that our heavenly father is ready to forgive.
  • by Jack Location: Augusta on Jan 10, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    I agree we need to stand by our family when they have made a bad decsion. Mrs. Sears sister really needs to listen to what she is saying its to bad but we can't say what our family memebers are capable of doing, because you was not there so for you to sit and say you know your sister and your nephew did not do this COME ON LETS BE REAL YOU DONT KNOW!!! WE DO KNOW YOUR SISTER AND HER SON PUT THINGS OUT THERE FOR THEM TO HAVE MOTIVE WE KNOW THAT.... so when you guys make your comments please nd and keep in my mind that know matter what Kay did not deserve what happened to her and also think about if it was your sister, your mother or just some that you serviced with in the military you would want justice and your Mrs Sears at this point may be the one that has to pay for this sinceless and bad decsion that she and her son made so now its up to the law it decide wether she and her son is guilty.
  • by a friend of kays Location: martinez on Mar 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    It doesnt make me sleep better at night but it makes me feel better saying it!
  • by Jasmine Location: Savannah on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:53 PM
    I have realised that all these comments are one sided.. yet if it was the other way around & Ms. Parsons was the one in jail/court, Would you be putting her down? Would you put her family down for standing behind her && believing in her innocence? Considering family knows you best & should never turn there back on you regardless of others opinions. Does putting Mr. Bowers & Ms. Sears down make you sleep better at night? Does wishing harm on them, make you feel better? You are all heartless animals.
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      by Dawgtoo on Apr 15, 2012 at 11:19 PM in reply to Jasmine
      The fact of the matter is... Ms. Parsons is dead. Her last moments in this lifetime were excruciating and bestowed upon her by indecent human beings. She had an amazing son; her little boy will have to grow up knowing that life can be cruel and not even people with kind hearts and good intentions can be safe from the evil that lurks amongst us. I do not feel bad in the least that these posts are one sided. Kay's character can be spoken for and apparently Sear's character has yet to be praised...and if in your mind we are heartless animals, I would feel confident in saying you are a sensless creature.
  • by A friend of Kays Location: Martinez on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Mr. Sears, if you had shown up at the hospital and seen and heard the stuff your crazy wife was saying...there would be no doubt in your mind that she did it. I pray for your children and i pray in a different way for you wife and step son.
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: AUGUSTA on Feb 17, 2010 at 05:22 AM
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2010 at 04:13 AM
    I guess soon the trial will taken elsewhere with all the publicity it is being given. WRDW should not be interviewing relatives for their biased opinions of innocence. Let this trial stay in a court of law!
  • by Judge Location: appling on Feb 16, 2010 at 07:15 PM
    We live in a great country with good laws and and they have to be proven guilty by a court of laws and justice will be done in the end!!
  • by teach Location: evans on Feb 16, 2010 at 06:32 PM
    WHAT... can't believe the gas was wasted on the interview... they are so GUILTY!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 at 06:22 PM
    guilty guilty guilty
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