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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 11, Februrary 16, 2010

NASHVILLE---It was a murder that grabbed just about everyone's attention. It's been nearly eleven months since Columbia County wife and mother Kay Parsons was beaten to death in her home.

Her neighbor, Becky Sears, and Sears' son, Christopher Bowers are both charged in her death.

It's a murder that can sometimes sound more like a made-for-TV movie, with allegations of an affair, plotting murder schemes, and an elaborate plan to cover it all up.

For the first time since the murder, the suspect's husband is speaking out and standing by his wife and stepson.

News 12 has a closer look at the evidence in this case.

Through incident reports, search warrants, and indictments, prosecutors paint Becky Sears as a calculating mother and Christopher a loyal son driven to murder. It's a picture their family says couldn't possibly be true.

With his wife and stepson behind bars, Tony Sears now lives in Nashville with his three young sons.

"With the kids and with my job, I'm pretty busy, so it kind of takes my mind off it," Tony told News 12.

"You go to sleep one night and you wake up the next day and your entire life has changed," said Rene' Alexander, Becky's sister. Rene' has been helping Tony with the children since Becky was put in jail.

Several lives changed that cool, spring morning in March. A man doing work on a Grovetown house noticed a broken door and called 911. Deputies followed a blood trail through the home to the garage, where they found the near lifeless body of Kay Parsons.

Kay had been beaten with a claw hammer and baseball bat. She died at the hospital.

"This is one of the saddest, if not the saddest case we've investigated in a long, long time," said Columbia County Sheriff's Captain Steve Morris in March 2009.

At the hospital, investigators say Kay's next-door neighbor and co-worker Rebecca Sears demanded to know Kay's condition. It was a red flag, and the investigation narrowed to Sears and her then 19-year-old son, Christopher Bowers.

According to a search warrant, "a confidential informant advised he believed Rebecca Sears was responsible for or involved in the murder of Mrs. Parsons." The confidential informant also stated that on "more than one occasion Mrs. Sears asked him to kill Mrs. Parsons...[the] confidential informant stated Mrs. Sears asked her sons, Christopher Bowers and Michael Bowers, to murder Mrs. Parsons."

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

So why would Becky Sears allegedly want Kay Parsons dead?

The confidential informant said "he had personal knowledge of Mrs. Sears being involved in a romantic relationship with Mrs. Parsons' Husband, David Parsons."

Becky's oldest son, Michael Bowers, also told investigators "he believed his mother was involved in a romantic relationship with David Parsons."

He said "his mother showed him text messages on her phone that made it clear she was having an affair with someone. His mother made it clear to Michael that she wished she knew someone who would kill someone for her."

"What do you think about the prosecution's claim that she was having an affair?" News 12 asked Tony Sears.

"I'd rather not talk about that," Tony replied.

The suspicious activity doesn't end there. The day after the murder, Becky Sears reported being shot in the leg and threatened about money outside Healing Hands, the clinic were she worked.

Prosecutors say the gunshot wound was "later discovered to have been inflicted by" Christopher as part of a scheme to perhaps shift the focus.

"Let's just wait and see how the facts turn out," Rene' said.

News 12 interviewed Becky Sears in a report about car insurance months before the murder. She's seen filling up a white Ford F-250 truck, the same one parked at Christopher's home after the murder. Crime scene analysts found "blood on the driver's side door, on the parking brake, and on the seat".

The search warrants build a timeline for what Becky Sears allegedly told investigators happened that morning: "Christopher hid in her room in her house...[He] went to the backyard and waited for Mrs. Parsons to leave...then used a hammer and broke in the back door...[He] went upstairs and staged a burglary."

According to the warrant, Becky went on to say Christopher told her that he "beat the **** out of her", and after the murder Christopher "went back to her house and entered through the back door...staged the burglary at her house and then left. Rebecca stated Christopher called her and told her to pick him up...when she [did] He had blood on his face and he said he took care of everything."

"Rebecca stated Christopher changed his clothes in her car and placed his bloody clothes in a backpack," the warrant continues.

At a bond hearing in April, an assistant district attorney stated, "The blood trail suggests [Kay Parsons] fled from Christopher Sean Bowers into the garage where she was ultimately murdered by the blows from the claw hammer."

"Could the Becky you know be capable of something like this? I mean, they call her a mastermind, that she orchestrated this," we asked Tony Sears.

"No," Tony answered. "I don't believe none of that, and I believe she's innocent."

Arrested two days after the murder, Becky and Christopher have spent the last ten months in a Columbia County jail.

"It just doesn't seem fair," Tony said. "I've always thought, 'Well you're in jail. It's not supposed to be fair.' Until something like this does happen, then you realize what they're going through."

Prosecutors are going for the death penalty for both mother and son.

"Everyone's entitled to an opinion, but I've actually had to stop reading the newspapers and blogs...the stuff that people write," Tony said. "I mean, it's gut-wrenching what they think should be done to Becky and Christopher."

Tony and his sister-in-law both say thoughts about the death penalty do creep into their minds.

"You already know what's already at the end of the trial," Tony said. "I try not to think about it too much. I don't want to think about it."

"You have to plan for the worst and hope for the best," said Rene'.

Months away from a trial, this family can only wait.

"We are going to stand behind them all the way through and just hope and pray the truth comes out and we'll all be back together again," said Rene'.

"What keeps me sane is I know that soon it will be over and the truth will come out," Tony said.

Defense attorneys say murder trials will likely come early next year. Becky and Christopher will be tried separately. The defense has filed for a change of venue for both trials.

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  • by Mike D Location: Augusta, Ga on Aug 4, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    I ruly believe that this confidential informant is telling the truth and that Rebecca Sears and her son are guilty. Even if the son did it, she is just as guilty for making these children think that they needed to kill someone for her, so she could sleep with Kay's husband. How horrible! They both are guilty and deserve what the law gives them. Her sister Rene, is about as fake as they come and she needs to stop trying to continue to help her get off for murder. I feel for the families that are left behind to deal with the craziness that these two people left for them to deal with. It's a shame that her sister and husband are wasting their time, because there is so much proof that they did it!
  • by Anonymous on May 9, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Tony Sears, yes the truth will come out. You should divorce your murderous wife and dis own your step son. Or join them in Hell.
  • by Maggie Location: Augusta on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:38 AM
    Suzanne, I am sorry you lost your friend. Everything I have heard about her shows what a good person she was, that she is loved and missed. She will always live in your heart. The thing I can't understand is how an indictment that specifically states Mrs. Parsons' jewelry was in their possession could add up to any other conclusion? Blood evidence...I mean, it just goes on and on, yet Mr. Sears says they are innocent? No, I don't buy that for a second. The woman spit in his face with an affair well known to many who knew both Ms. Sears and Mrs. Parsons?? Kay, her family and loved ones are the victims here, NOT Sears or Bowers. Did Mr. Sears not read in Ms. Sears own words what she said about her son telling her he beat the **** out of Mrs. Parsons? Really? Did she just imagine that?? Did he miss that part? These attorneys will have blood on their hands if they get these two off, but if the money's right, they'll do it!
  • by Suzanne Location: Martinez on Feb 17, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    I knew Kay for almost 12 years and she is a beatiful person. I had lunch with Kay two days before she was beaten. Kay never talked bad about anyone except Ms. Sears, and she stated that she and Becky (sears) had not spoken on friendly terms for several months. I have heard from reliable sources that Mr. Sears packed his and the children's belonging and moved out of the area and he did not want any contact with Ms. Sears; why is the family all of a sudden have a change of heart about this, is this driven by the attorneys? Kay will never see what her child will become. Mr. Sears must have blinders on and someone is giving a lot of ********! I hope they rot in jail or hell. They are taken up someone's else oxygen and space. I know justice will prevail. Can anyone say a good word about Ms. Sears and Mr. Bowers? (Beside the Family) I think ,NOT! Kay, I hope you RIP and I miss you everyday. Kay, you are loved by many!
  • by Tina Location: Evans on Feb 16, 2010 at 08:44 PM
    I wonder how Mr. Sears would be "feeling" if it was his wife that was beaten with a baseball bat, and a claw hammer??? How would he feel if his children lost their mother to such a brutal crime?? I am sorry Mr. Sears, but I do believe it is time you wake up and face the facts. I do hope the two of them are found guilty, with the death sentence. I would really like it if they were murdered in the same way Kay's life was taken. I would hate for the two of them to occupy a jail cell for the rest of their pathetic life. I believe I once read where it cost tax payers an average of $30,000 a year to house a criminal. Are they worth that amount to us tax payers?? I think NOT!!! Please save your money on defense attorneys, and spend that money on help for your young children. Lord knows they will need help when they are old enough to truly understand what their mother, and brother have done. RIP Kay... You are loved, and missed!
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