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Dr. Teresa Sievers, 46, found murdered in her home in Bonita Springs, FL *ARRESTS*

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by fran, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    :thankyou: SheWho!! It's on in our area on Saturday night!

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  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Three years later: Sievers murder trial gets closer to trial

    Thursday marked three years since Teresa Sievers was found bludgeoned to death with a hammer inside her Bonita Springs home.

    Her husband, Mark Sievers, is accused of hiring Jimmy Rodgers to kill his wife on June 28, 2015.

    Judge Bruce Kyle said in court on Thursday he wants the trial to start in December. He also ordered the state to turn over medical records of Dr. Sievers’ patients found in the home.

    “This is a unique situation because most doctors don’t keep medical records of their clients in their house,” Kyle said.

    The judge decided there could be relevant information in the files, including a confession.

  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Mark Sievers' attorney files court motion for more investigative hours

    Attorneys for the man accused of planning his wife's murder are asking the court to provide them more time to review the case.

    Mark Sievers' attorneys filed a court request this week for 500 extra hours as privately-hired investigators continue to look through evidence.

    If approved, it would cost taxpayers an additional $20,000.

    According to the court motion, the investigator has already logged 300 hours in the case.

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Trial date set in Teresa Sievers murder

    A judge has set a trial date of June 3, 2019 for Mark Sievers and Jimmy Rodgers, accused of killing Bonita Springs doctor, Teresa Sievers.

    Teresa Sievers was found bludgeoned to death in her home in June 2015. Investigators believe her husband, Mark, plotted her murder and hired two men to kill her.

    Mark's friend, Curtis Wright, admitted to the entire scheme. He told deputies he and Jimmy Rodgers drove to Bonita Springs from Missouri to kill Teresa, while Mark and their children were in Connecticut with family.

    Wright took a plea deal, and could testify against Mark and Jimmy in the trial. Throughout the investigation, Wright has changed his story and testimony several times.

    Sievers and Rodgers were both arrested for first degree murder, premeditated with a weapon. The state is seeking the death penalty.

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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    Teresa Sievers murder trial pushed back, new test results released

    The Teresa Sievers murder trial scheduled to begin in June has been continued.

    Wright took a plea deal. Sievers and Rodgers were expected to go to trial June 3 on first degree murder charges but both prosecutors and defense attorneys said they need more time.

    In hearing Thursday morning, Rodgers' attorneys said they're unable to commit to being ready for a trial anytime soon. Sievers' attorneys said there are still 19 pending motions that need to be approved or denied by a judge.

    Sievers was just granted a mitigation specialist, and his attorneys don't believe that specialist will be ready for June 3.

    New test results were just released yesterday, May 8. Both sides still need to review that evidence.

    Attorneys also said DNA evidence still needs to be reviewed and that review can not be finished by June 3.

    There was a discussion about whether or not a trial could begin in September 2019, but a date has not been selected.

  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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    October trial date scheduled for husband accused in death of Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers

    The man charged in the death of his wife, popular doctor Teresa Sievers, will go to trial Oct. 1, the courts decided today.

    According to court records, Mark Sievers and his co-defendant Jimmy Rodgers, were set for trial June 3, but it was delayed as lawyers review new DNA evidence and sort through motions.

    Sievers' attorney, Michael Mummert, didn't immediately return calls for comment. Rodgers' public defender, Kathleen Fitzgeorge, declined to comment.

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    #SieversTrial - Jury selection continues on day 6. Attys are questioning potential jurors about the DP. Jimmy Rodgers (seen on far right behind the mic) is charged in the murder-for-hire of Dr. Teresa Sievers. Sievers' husband is also charged & will face trial after Rodgers


    8:49 AM · Oct 8, 2019
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Wow! Sure taken a long time for this one to get this far.
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  10. kdg411

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    The trial for the murder of Teresa Sievers will be on pause Wednesday for Yom Kippur. But when court picks up again Thursday morning, we'll hear opening statements.

    “Ladies and gentleman of the jury, you have been selected and sworn as the jury to try the case of the State of Florida versus Jimmy Ray Rodgers."

    The judge swore in the 12 jurors and two alternates Tuesday.


    The jury consists of 5 seated men, 7 seated women, an alternate man and an alternate woman.


    Now, NBC-2 has uncovered something very interesting in a discovery motion filed by Mark Sievers’ attorney. In the Motion to Compel Discovery, Sievers requests records relating to funds that are being paid to Taylor Shomaker. Shomaker was dating Jimmy Rogers at the time of the murder, and gave a statement against him, and is expected to be a key witness when the case goes to trial. Therefore, if she has received payments for her testimony, especially if she’s receiving them on a regular basis, that’s fodder for the defense attorneys.


    *(would someone with more law background please explain what the 3rd excerpt means regarding fodder)
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    Live blog: Jimmy Rodgers on trial for Teresa Sievers murder
    Jimmy Rodgers is accused of killing Dr. Teresa Sievers in her Bonita Springs home in 2015
    Thursday, October 10th 2019, 8:31 AM EDT by Vanessa Bein
    Friday, October 11th 2019, 8:59 AM EDT

    Opening Statements & Day 7 of Trial

    State and defense attorneys presented their opening statements to jurors Thursday in the trial against Jimmy Rodgers, one of the men accused of killing Dr. Teresa Sievers in 2015.

    Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter told jurors he would lay a road map of the evidence they would see from the state. "In order to tell the story of this case, we have to start at the end," Hunter said, first explaining how the mother of two was discovered dead in her home.

    "This story is about the perfect marriage, the perfect friendship, the perfect alibi, and the perfect murder. Almost," Hunter said.

    "She had been brutally beaten and was bloody on the kitchen floor," Hunter told the men and women of the jury. He detailed through the state's allegations connected to other cases, pointing to Mark Sievers as the initiator of the murder for hire conspiracy, and Curtis Wright as the middleman.

    Hunter detailed the relationship between Mark and Wright, his best friend. He explained how Wright hired Rodgers, and the two traveled from Missouri to Florida to kill Teresa, while Mark and their daughters were in Connecticut visiting family.

    The state described Wright's plea agreement, stating he will testify in Rodgers' trial, and will explain their plan to kill her. Assistant State Attorney Hunter outlined who would also be testifying to help prove their case, including Rodgers' girlfriend at the time of Teresa's death, who told investigators Rodgers' confessed to the murder.

    The state alleges Jimmy Rodgers made a similar admission to investigators when questioned at a facility in Missouri.

    "The charges were second-degree murder whereupon Rodgers responded 'In the state of Missouri second degree murder is punishable by 15-20. I'm ok with that,'" Hunter told the jury.

    "I'm going to ask you to protect him, as a citizen of the United State of America," defense attorney Kathleen Fitzgeorge told the same jury, explaining her client should be seen as innocent.

    "We're here for justice today, and unfortunately, there's no justice for Teresa Sievers."

    Fitzgeorge told the jury the evidence will reveal inconsistencies between the state's key witnesses and the physical items. "We ask you to listen to the flaws of this case," she said. "There are many."

    Defense attorney Fitzgeorge said Wright made at least eight different statements in regards to what happened inside the home of the Sievers family.

    "You will hear from Mr. Wright a lot of different things," she said. "When you consider credibility, pay close attention to that one witness."

    The defense also pointed to another key witness for the state saying she's also being coerced to align her statement with law enforcement.

    "Police were aware of what they had with [Taylor] Shomaker, single mother of two and at the time pregnant with Mr. Rodgers child," she said.

    "They threatened to take away her children, they threatened to arrest her and charge her."

    Fitzgeorge also pointed out the Lee County Sheriff's Office still regularly paying Shomaker for her involvement in the case.

    read more ......... https://www.nbc-2.com/story/41160117/live-blog-jimmy-rodgers-trial-teresa-sievers-murder
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    Suspect admits to killing Teresa Sievers in trial for alleged co-defendant Jimmy Rodgers

    Curtis Wayne Wright Jr. planned to kill Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers — and said he did it with help from her husband and a friend he met in jail.

    During his testimony at the Lee County Justice Center on Thursday, Wright admitted to his part in the slaying in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

    He spoke during the trial of one of his co-defendants Jimmy Ray Rodgers.

    Wright's testimony began when Assistant State Attorney Hamid Hunter asked him who killed Teresa Sievers.

    "I did and Jimmy Rodgers," Wright responded. He then spent about three hours detailing the killing in front of the jury. The defense will question him Friday morning.

    Mark Sievers, the victim’s husband, first approached Wright with the idea of having his wife killed at Wright’s Missouri wedding in May 2015, Wright said.

    The Sievers were having marriage problems and Mark was in fear of losing his two daughters in a custody battle with his wife, Wright testified.

    Rodgers became involved because Wright asked for help and didn’t want to kill the woman by himself, Wright said.

    Behind it all was a life insurance policy Mark Sievers had taken out on his wife, Wright testified.

    Mark Sievers told Wright he would pay $100,000 or more to have his wife killed and the plan was to share some of that money with Rodgers, Wright said on the witness stand.

    Wright walked into the courtroom gingerly, wearing a tan Charlotte County Jail jumpsuit with his hands cuffed to his waist. He first agreed to a plea deal with the prosecution in February 2016

    The same day authorities announced the agreement, they arrested Mark Sievers. The agreement requires that Wright provide substantial assistance to the prosecution.

    Wright already pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge, but his sentencing is contingent upon him telling the truth in court.

    “I know the maximum for the charges is life,” Wright said when asked what would happen if he didn’t tell the truth on the witness stand. “I would assume I'd go away for the rest of my life.”

    Wright and Mark Sievers are both 51. They met in high school and Sievers served as one of two best men at Wright’s wedding to his third wife in 2015.

    Rodgers, 29, and Wright met in 2010 while they were incarcerated at the Sainte Genevieve County jail in Missouri.

    A friend found Teresa Sievers, 46, bludgeoned to death on the kitchen floor of her family’s home on Jarvis Road on June 29, 2015. Investigators found a hammer next to her body.

    Rodgers and Mark Sievers are charged with first-degree murder and face the death penalty if convicted. A separate trial for Sievers is expected to begin after Rodgers’ concludes.

    Sievers and Rodgers also face a conspiracy to commit murder charge. Rodgers faces an additional charge of first-degree burglary while armed.

    After the defense cross examines Wright on Friday morning, prosecutors will then have two more witnesses testify before they rest their case.

    Defense attorneys are expected to begin presenting their presenting their two-day case on Monday.

    read more .......... https://www.news-press.com/story/ne...ievers-trial-alleged-co-defendant/4006617002/
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Mark Sievers should just ask for a plea deal and be done with it, if he can at this late stage.
  15. fran

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    Prosecution links key evidence in Jimmy Rodgers' murder trial to fibers found on the victim
    Jake Allen, Naples Daily NewsPublished 6:56 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019 | Updated 6:59 p.m. ET Oct. 15, 2019

    Evidence recovered from the leg of deceased Bonita Springs doctor Teresa Sievers matched fibers taken from a blue jumpsuit recovered in Missouri not far from the home of suspect Jimmy Ray Rodgers, according to an FBI analyst.

    Linda Otterstatter, of the FBI’s trace evidence unit, said trace evidence is debris, small in size and can include hair, fibers, glass or soil.

    Otterstatter was the first witness to testify in the Rodgers trial Tuesday, the fourth day of testimony in a Fort Myers courtroom.

    Fibers were taken from a blue jumpsuit recovered by investigators in Missouri and compared to fibers recovered from Teresa Sievers’ dress, her left leg and the Sievers’ kitchen floor.

    When compared, the fibers exhibited the “same microscopic characteristics and optical properties,” Otterstatter said.

    Boss of Jimmy Ray Rodgers testifies in Teresa Sievers murder trial

    Read: 'She was my sister and the love of my life': Family, investigator testify at Teresa Sievers murder trial

    After investigators searched Rodgers’ Missouri home in 2015, his live-in girlfriend, Taylor Shomaker, led investigators to the side of a highway where they found the blue jumpsuit, an investigator with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office testified Friday.

    Jeffrey Conway, Rodgers’ former boss, testified Monday that in 2015 Rodgers worked for a contracting company that supplied laborers to a mining and battery recycling business in Missouri, called Doe Run.

    Workers at Doe Run deal with many toxic chemicals and are provided jumpsuits to avoid exposure, Conway said.

    During his testimony, Conway held up a clean blue jumpsuit from Doe Run, which showed it was the similar the blue jumpsuit found by investigators on the side of the Missouri highway.

    During cross examination, from the defense Otterstatter said there is no way for her to tell when fibers got to a certain place or how they got there.

    The jumpsuit was not examined for blood or duct tape residue, Otterstatter said when asked by the defense.

    Rodgers, 29, and the victim’s husband Mark Sievers, 51, are co-defendants in the case. Both are charged with first-degree murder and face the death penalty if convicted. Sievers will go to trial when Rodgers' ends.

    Teresa Sievers, 46, was found dead, face down on the kitchen floor with the back of her head bashed in inside her family’s home on June 29, 2015. Investigators found a hammer next to her body.

    read more .......... https://www.naplesnews.com/story/ne...vers-murder-death-penalty-florida/3983683002/
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